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Why is a ureteral stent needed?
A ureteral stent may be needed if the ureter is blocked or narrowed due to:
- Kidney stones
- Ureteral strictures (narrowing of the ureter)
- Ureteral tumors
- Ureteral injuries
- Ureteral obstruction caused by other medical conditions, such as cancer or pregnancy
How is a ureteral stent inserted?
A ureteral stent is inserted under cystoscopy, which is a minimally invasive procedure that involves inserting a thin, flexible camera into the urethra and bladder. The stent is then inserted into the ureter using a wire guide.
How long does a ureteral stent stay in?
A ureteral stent can be temporary or permanent. Temporary stents are typically used for a few weeks or months to treat kidney stones or ureteral injuries. Permanent stents are used for people with long-term ureteral obstruction or strictures.
What are the side effects of a ureteral stent?
Ureteral stents can cause some side effects, such as:
- Pain and discomfort
- Urinary frequency and urgency
- Burning urination
- Blood in the urine
If you experience any of these side effects, please contact your doctor.
Ureteral stents are an effective way to treat a variety of conditions that can block the ureter. However, it is important to discuss the risks and benefits of ureteral stenting with your doctor before making a decision.