This procedure used a small flexible scope that is inserted into the bladder and ureter. This procedure allows a urologist to look into the ureter to find a kidney stone. The urologist can then proceed to removing the kidney stone.
Who is eligible for a ureteroscopy:
Patients with kidney stones in the ureter that are too large to be passed, or cause bleeding are eligible for a more-extensive treatment, such as an ureteroscopy.
Prior to the procedure:
The day before surgery:
- You may eat and drink regularly
- Do not eat or drink after midnight
The day of surgery:
- Do not eat or drink anything the day of surgery
What does the procedure involve?
The patient will receive a local anesthetic to numb the area of the body. Next, the urologist will insert the ureteroscope into the urethra. The scope will fill the bladder with a sterile liquid that will stretch the bladder, allowing for a better view. When the urologist finds the stone, they will use a tiny wire basket to grab and remove it from the ureter. The procedure usually lasts 15-30 minutes.
After the procedure:
- Depending on the procedure, you may need a catheter to drain urine
- You may be prescribed pain medication or antibiotics
- Drink plenty of water
- Eat foods that are high in fiber
- Urination may burn or be painful
- Urine may have blood, if the blood is excessive notify the nurse or surgeon
- No heavy lifting for 6 weeks