A ureteral (say "you-REE-ter-ul") stent is a thin, hollow tube. It is placed in the ureter to help urine pass from the kidney into the bladder.
Ureters are the tubes that connect the kidneys to the bladder.
This procedure is done when something is blocking the ureter. The
blockage may be caused by problems such as a kidney stone, a tumour, or an infection.
The stent keeps the ureter open. After the stent is placed, urine should flow better
from your kidneys to your bladder.
You will get medicine to make
you sleep and to prevent pain during the procedure. The doctor will place the
stent by guiding it up the urethra. The urethra is the tube that carries urine
from the bladder to outside the body. Then the doctor will pass the stent
through the bladder and ureter into the kidney. The doctor will place one
end of the stent in the kidney and the other end in the bladder.
The stent may be left in place for several days. Or you may have it in place for several
months. Your doctor will take it out when you no longer need it. While the
stent is in place, you may have to urinate more often. You may feel a sudden need to
urinate. Or you may feel like you can't completely empty your bladder.
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
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.
Procedures can be stressful. This information will help you understand what you
can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for your procedure.
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Current as of:
August 12, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Christopher G. Wood, MD, FACS - Urology, Oncology
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