Everything You Need To Know About Ureteroscopy Procedure
Urology Of Greater Atlanta
Your doctor may have prescribed a ureteroscopy if you’re experiencing pain while peeing or you have kidney stones. The procedure is performed to find and/or fix problems in your urinary tract.
The expert trained urologists at Urology of Greater Atlanta serving Griffin, GA, and all of Metro Atlanta, are fully equipped to carry out this procedure and other diagnostic tests for kidney stones.
Benefits and Risks
The main benefit of Ureteroscopy is that it’s an effective way to remove or break up kidney stones.
It is a lot less painful than trying to pass a kidney stone without treatment.
Surgery is minimally invasive and an outpatient procedure, which means it does not require a hospital stay.
The risks are minimal. Ureteroscopy carries a slight chance of bleeding or injury to the ureter. There is also a small chance of developing a urinary tract infection.
There may be some discomfort while peeing. And if there is some swelling in the ureter, urinating may be difficult.
Ureteroscopy requires general anesthesia, therefore there is a small risk of related problems.
How Do I Prepare?
There is very little to do before a ureteroscopy.
The urologist will tell you when to stop eating, drinking, and taking certain medications such as blood thinners. Be sure to tell the urologist all the prescription medicines that you are taking.
Your doctor or nurse will tell you when to pee before surgery.
Be sure to arrange a ride home after the surgery as the anesthesia will leave you feeling drowsy.
What Happens During a Ureteroscopy?
Your surgeon will insert the thin, flexible ureteroscope into your bladder and ureter (the tube that carries urine from your kidneys to your bladder). Once there, they can look for or treat kidney stones.
If the kidney stone is small enough, the surgeon will use a wire basket device to snare the stone and remove it.
If it is too big to pass the ureter then they will use a holmium laser to break up the stone into smaller fragments. This has a similar effect as shock wave lithotripsy.
A ureteral stent may be inserted to ease the passage of the stone fragments.
After the Procedure
When the procedure has finished the ureteroscope is removed and the liquid in your bladder is emptied. Over the next 1-4 hours you will recover and the anesthesia will wear off.
You will be encouraged to drink plenty of water during the next 2 hours. As much as 160z.
You may see a little blood in your urine for the next 24 hours and experience a little pain when you pee.
Painkillers and antibiotics may be prescribed just in case of infection. A warm bath or a warm, damp washcloth placed over the opening of your urethra may be used to ease some discomfort.
Be alert to an increase in pain, chills, or fever. This could mean you have an infection and you should seek further help from your doctor
Once all the pieces of stone come out of the urinary tract, the ureteral stent is removed. You will have to return to have this done.
If you have larger kidney stones, then your doctor may recommend you for percutaneous nephrolithotomy. It’s a minimally invasive surgery with few risks.
If you think that you might be a candidate for ureteroscopy then contact the board-certified urologists at Urology of Greater Atlanta serving Griffin, GA, and all of Metro Atlanta