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.
Your 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 surgery.
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 or nurse call line 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: March 20, 2018
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Peter Anderson, MD, FRCSC - Pediatric Urology
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