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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
A ureteroscopy is a procedure to examine in the inside of your urinary tract, which includes your urethra, bladder, ureters, and kidneys. A ureteroscope is a small, thin tube with a light and camera on the end. Ureteroscopy can help your healthcare provider diagnose and treat problems in your urinary tract, such as kidney stones.
WHILE YOU ARE HERE:
Before your procedure:
- Informed consent is a legal document that explains the tests, treatments, or procedures that you may need. Informed consent means you understand what will be done and can make decisions about what you want. You give your permission when you sign the consent form. You can have someone sign this form for you if you are not able to sign it. You have the right to understand your medical care in words you know. Before you sign the consent form, understand the risks and benefits of what will be done. Make sure all your questions are answered.
- An IV is a small tube placed in your vein that is used to give you medicine or liquids.
- A KUB x-ray may be done before your procedure. An x-ray machine is used to take pictures of your kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. Your healthcare providers look at these pictures to see where your kidney stone is located.
- Anesthesia is medicine to make you comfortable during the procedure. Healthcare providers will work with you to decide which anesthesia is best for you.
- General anesthesia will keep you asleep and free from pain during the procedure. Anesthesia may be given through your IV. You may instead breathe it in through a mask or a tube placed down your throat. The tube may cause you to have a sore throat when you wake up.
- Spinal anesthesia is put into your spine. It is used to numb the area from your waist down. You may still feel pressure or pushing during the procedure.
During your procedure:
Your healthcare provider will place the ureteroscope into your urethra. He will pass it through your bladder and into your ureters and kidneys. Your healthcare provider may place tools through the scope that will help him remove tissue or stones. The tools may also help him place stents or sheaths to help keep your ureters open.
After your procedure:
You will be taken to a room to rest until you are fully awake. Healthcare providers will monitor you closely for any problems. Do not get out of bed until your healthcare provider says it is okay. When your healthcare provider sees that you are okay, you will be able to go home or be taken to your hospital room.
You may bleed more than expected or get an infection. One of your ureters may be injured. You may have a blockage in one of your ureters. You may need another procedure or surgery.
CARE AGREEMENT:You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment.
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