A ureteral (say "you-REE-tur-ul") reimplant is surgery to change
the way a ureter connects to the bladder. The ureter is the tube that
carries urine from the kidney to the bladder.
When a ureter does not connect to
the bladder correctly, urine can go backward from the bladder into the
kidney. This can cause infections and kidney damage. Surgery helps prevent these problems.
child will be asleep during the surgery. First, the doctor makes a cut
in your child's lower belly. This cut is called an incision. Then the doctor takes the ureter out of the
bladder. Next, he or she connects it in a different place so urine cannot go backwards into the kidneys. Then the
doctor closes the incision with stitches. The incision leaves a scar that
usually fades with time.
Most children go home 2 to 4 days after
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all
appointments, and call your doctor if your child is having problems. It's also
a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines
your child takes.
Surgery can be
stressful both for your child and for you. This information will help you
understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for your child's surgery.
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Current as of:
August 12, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Peter Anderson, MD, FRCS(C) - Pediatric Urology
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