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Urethral Stent Placement
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Urethral stent placement is a procedure to open a blockage or stricture (narrowing) of your urethra. The urethra is the tube that carries urine from your bladder out of your body. A stent is a small plastic or metal tube used to open your narrowed urethra. A urethral stent may stay in for a short or long period of time.
Seek care immediately if:
- You have a fever and chills.
- You have blood or pus in your urine.
- You have severe pain in your lower abdomen or lower back.
- You have trouble urinating, or pain when you urinate.
Contact your healthcare provider or urologist if:
- You have pain in your lower abdomen.
- You feel like you need to urinate more often than usual.
- You have pain in the area between your anus and your genitals.
- You are male and have pain with an erection.
- You have pain during or after sex.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
You may need any of the following:
- Antibiotics help prevent or treat a bacterial infection.
- Prescription pain medicine may be given. Ask your healthcare provider how to take this medicine safely. Some prescription pain medicines contain acetaminophen. Do not take other medicines that contain acetaminophen without talking to your healthcare provider. Too much acetaminophen may cause liver damage. Prescription pain medicine may cause constipation. Ask your healthcare provider how to prevent or treat constipation.
- Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him or her 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.
Ask your healthcare provider when it is okay for you to return your usual activities, such as returning to work. Ask when it is okay to have sex.
Follow up with your healthcare provider or urologist as directed:
You may need more tests or procedures. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
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