A ureteral (say "you-REE-tur-ul") reimplant is surgery to change the way a ureter is attached to the bladder. The ureter is the tube that carries urine from the kidney to the bladder.
After surgery, your child may need to urinate more often or may feel a sudden need to urinate. Your child also may have a burning feeling when he or she urinates. You may notice some blood in your child's urine. Your child may have bladder cramps (spasms) while the bladder is healing. This can hurt. Your doctor can give your child medicine to help with pain. These symptoms usually get better in 2 to 4 weeks.
Your child may have a tube that drains urine from his or her bladder (urinary catheter). Your child also may have a tube near the incision to drain fluids at first.
After surgery, your child may have fewer urinary tract infections. This surgery also may help prevent kidney damage that can happen when urine keeps backing up into the kidneys.
Most children are able to go back to school or daycare in about 1 to 2 weeks.
This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for your child to recover. But each person recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to help your child get better as quickly as possible.
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.
Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for any changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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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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