Usage of Ureteral stents

The urinary tract rids the body of liquid waste, known as urine. The kidneys collect unneeded chemicals and water, making urine. Urine travels from the kidneys to the bladder through long tubes called ureters. The bladder stores urine until you are ready to urinate. Then urine is released through the urethra.

A stent is a soft plastic tube with holes all around it. The stent is inserted into a ureter to help drain urine into the bladder. The other end stays in the bladder.

A stent is used to bypass a blockage in your kidney or ureter. It is also used during treatment of kidney stones.

A stent is usually inserted by a urologist. Although this must be done in a hospital it is a same day surgery. Which means the patient will be allowed to go home the same day of the surgery.

When is it removed?
The stent is left in until the blockage is gone. This usually takes about 1 to 2 weeks. Patients with a stent may feel some discomfort and may observe pink or red urine. These symptoms will go away a few days after the stent is removed.

Please continue to see your doctor regluarly.