Ureteroscopy is when your doctor passes a very thin telescope tube (ureteroscope) up the urinary tract to kidney stone’s location, where he uses instruments to rove the stone or break it up (laser) for easier removal. A small hollow tube (ureteral stent) will be placed in the ureters for a short time to keep it open and drain urine and any stone pieces. Ureteroscopy is often used for stones that have moved from the kidney to the ureters.
This surgical procedure is performed in the hospital and is usually performed on an outpatient basis (no hospital stay).
During your time in the hospital:
During the surgery tubes will be placed in one or both of your ureters, these are called stents. These stents are used to keep your ureters open – draining your kidneys.
- Antispasmotic: Stents can cause the bladder to spasm creating a feeling of needing to urinate frequently; occasionally the discomfort can extend up to the kidney.
- Bladder discomfort/spasms- take medication as prescribed.
- Blood in urine- increase fluids and rest.
- No restrictions. Use common sense if it hurts DO NOT do it.
- 7-14 days after surgery stents will be removed in the office.
- 2-6 weeks after surgery a post-operative visit
The office will call you to make the appointments.
Educational material about Ureteroscopy with Laser Lithotripsy, Stent Insertion