Ureteroscopic Kidney Stone Removal
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
Ureteroscopy is a procedure done to remove kidney stones.
AFTER YOU LEAVE:
- Medicines may be given to help decrease pain or prevent a bacterial infection. You may also be given medicine to prevent more kidney stones from forming. Ask your primary healthcare provider (PHP) how to take prescription pain medicine safely.
- Take your medicine as directed. Contact your PHP if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Follow up with your PHP or specialist as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
- Rest when you feel it is needed. You may feel like resting more after your procedure. Slowly start to do more each day.
- Ask caregivers how much liquid you should drink each day. Drink plenty of liquids to help clean out any remaining small pieces of stone. Liquids can also help prevent more kidney stones from forming. Drink liquids throughout the day. Drink liquids in the evening to make sure your body makes urine through the night. Unless caregivers tell you otherwise, drink as much water as possible. Limit the amount of caffeine you drink. Caffeine may be found in coffee, tea, soda, and sports drinks and foods.
- Strain your urine every time you go to the bathroom. This will catch the stone pieces as they pass in your urine. Urinate through a strainer or through a piece of thin cloth to catch the stone. You may find it easier to urinate into a glass jar. This will make it easier to see the stones at the bottom of the jar. Take the stones to your caregivers. The stones will be sent to the lab for tests to learn what they are made of. This will help caregivers plan your treatment and help prevent more kidney stones.
- Ask your PHP if you need to make any changes to the foods you eat. Caregivers may suggest different ways to eat depending on what type of stone you had. This may help to decrease your risk for more stones.
Contact your PHP or specialist if:
- You cannot urinate.
- You have an increasing amount of blood in your urine.
- You are taking pain medicine but still feel a lot of pain, or your pain worsens.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Seek care immediately or call 911 if:
- You feel lightheaded, short of breath, and have chest pain.
- You have blood clots in your urine.
- You are vomiting.
- You have a fever.
- You have trouble thinking clearly.
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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.