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A ureteral (say "you-REE-ter-ul") stent is a thin, hollow tube that was placed in your ureter to help urine pass from the kidney into the bladder. Ureters are the tubes that connect the kidneys to the bladder.
There are several ways to remove the stent. The stent may have been removed by your doctor in a hospital or your doctor's office. Or it may have been taken out at home.
After the stent removal, you may need to urinate often. You may have some burning during and after urination for a day or two. It may help to drink lots of fluids (unless your doctor tells you not to). This also helps prevent a urinary tract infection.
Slightly pink urine is common for several days after removal.
This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for you to recover. But each person recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to feel better as quickly as possible.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for any changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if you have any problems.
Current as of: March 1, 2023
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Avery L. Seifert MD - Urology
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