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Pyeloplasty is a surgery to repair the kidney. Specifically, it repairs a part of the kidney called the renal pelvis. The renal pelvis is a funnel-like structure. It connects the kidney to a tube called the ureter. This tube carries urine to the bladder.
Pyeloplasty may be done using open surgery or
laparoscopic surgery. A catheter will be placed to allow urine to drain.
During open surgery, an incision will be made in your side. The renal pelvis will be reconstructed. The blocked section
will also be removed. The remaining healthy sections of ureter
will be re-attached. The incision in the skin will then be closed with stitches.
Laparoscopic surgery only requires a few small incisions. Special tools will be passed through these incisions to complete the surgery. The repair steps are the same as the open procedure.
In some surgeries, a temporary tube may be placed in the ureter. This will allow urine to pass while the
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