Open—An incision will be made in the side. The damaged part of the kidney will be fixed. Any blocked areas will be removed. The healthy sections of the ureter will be reattached. Stitches will close the incisions.
—A few keyhole incisions are made. Special tools will be passed through tubes that are inserted into the incisions. The repair steps are the same as the open surgery.
You may have a stent placed. The stent keeps the ureter open. This is so urine can pass through. When the area is healed, the stent is taken out.
How Long Will It Take?
About 2-3 hours
How Much Will It Hurt?
Anesthesia will prevent pain during surgery. Medicines will ease pain after the procedure.
Average Hospital Stay
The usual hospital stay is 2-3 days. You may need to stay longer if there are problems. The stay may be shorter if you had a laparoscopic surgery.
At the Hospital
Pain while passing urine is normal. You may also feel an urgent need to pass urine. These problems will go away as the area heals.
During your stay, the healthcare staff will take steps to lower your chances of infection such as:
Washing their hands
Wearing gloves or masks
Keeping your incisions covered
There are also steps you can take to lower your chance of infection such as:
Washing your hands often and reminding your healthcare staff to do the same
Reminding your healthcare staff to wear gloves or masks
Not letting others to touch your incision
You may have a catheter for up to a week after you go home.
To help you get healthier faster:
Take care of the catheter as advised.
Follow wound care orders to avoid infection.
Call Your Doctor
Call your doctor if any of these occur:
Fever or chills
Redness, swelling, pain, bleeding, or pus draining from the incision
Persistent nausea or vomiting
Pain that you cannot control with the medicines you were given
Problems passing urine such as:
If you think you have an emergency, call for emergency medical services right away.
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