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Ureteral Stent Placement
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Ureteral stent placement is a procedure to open a blocked or narrow ureter. The ureter is the tube that carries urine from your kidney into your bladder. A stent is a thin hollow plastic tube used to hold your ureter open and allow urine to flow. The stent may stay in for several weeks.
- Pain medicine may be given to take away or decrease pain. Do not wait until the pain is severe before you take your medicine.
- Antibiotics help prevent infections. Your healthcare provider may prescribe these for you while your stent remains in.
- Take your medicine as directed. Call your healthcare provider 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 urologist as directed:
You will need regular follow-up visits with your urologist as long as the stent remains in. He will check to make sure the stent is working properly. He may do urine cultures to check for infection. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
- Drink liquids as directed. Ask your healthcare provider how much liquid to drink each day and which liquids are best for you. Fluids such as cranberry or apple juice may be especially helpful to prevent urinary infections.
- Return to normal activities the day after your stent placement or as directed by your healthcare provider.
- You may take a shower the day after your stent placement if your healthcare provider says it is okay.
Contact your healthcare provider or urologist if:
- You have a fever or chills.
- You feel like you need to urinate often.
- You have pain when you urinate or pain around your bladder or kidney.
- You see blood in your urine or it looks cloudy.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Seek care immediately or call 911 if:
- You urinate little or not at all.
- You have severe pain in your abdomen.
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