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Ureteroscopy

Ureteroscopy (+/- Retrograde Studies and Stent Insertion):

What is a Ureteroscopy?

A ureteroscopy is an examination of the inside ureter(s) using a telescope called a ureteroscope. The telescope is passed through the urethra into the bladder to visualise the ureter(s). This procedure is carried out under general anaesthetics, and recovery period in hospital is 1 day.

Indication for a Ureteroscopy

Ureteroscopies are performed for a number of reasons, but mainly to investigate problems and help diagnose if anything is wrong. Problems include:

  • Narrowing of the ureters
  • Obstruction within the ureters

Minor procedures performed during a ureteroscopy

  1. Fragmentation (breaking) and removal of ureteric stones.
  2. Retrograde studies - to provide anatomical information about the renal pelvis and calyces (these are structures within the kidney).
  3. Retrograde studies of the ureteric junction (where the ureter and kidney joins).
  4. Insertion of ureteric stent (depending on the nature of the ureteroscope) to help keep the ureter open and drain the kidney.

Potential complication post-operatively

  • Blood stained urine
  • Burning sensation on voiding
  • Stenting symptoms (pain and haematuria) if a JJ stent is left in place for 1-2 weeks or more.
  • Sepsis

You should be fine to return to work 2-3 days post surgery. A follow up appointment should be arranged to see your Urologist to discuss re-admission into hospital for the JJ stent removal.