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Nephrostomy Tube Insertion

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What do I need to know about nephrostomy tube insertion?

A nephrostomy tube is a catheter (thin plastic tube) that is inserted through your skin and into your kidney. The nephrostomy tube is placed to drain urine from your kidney into a collecting bag outside your body. You may need one tube for each kidney.

Kidney, Ureters, Bladder

How do I prepare for the procedure?

What will happen during the procedure?

What should I expect after the procedure?

You will be taken to a room where you can rest. Healthcare providers will monitor you closely for any problems. When your healthcare provider sees that you are okay, you may be able to go home. If you are staying in the hospital, you will be taken to your hospital room.

What are the risks of nephrostomy tube insertion?

You may develop an infection or bleed more than expected. Nerves, tissues, and other parts of your kidney may be damaged. Other organs near your kidney may be damaged during the procedure. Air, fluids, blood, or urine may get into your abdomen. The catheter may move out of place, get blocked, or not work as it should.

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