Ureteroscopy is a medical procedure used to diagnose and treat urinary tract problems, such as kidney stones or blockages. It involves inserting a thin, flexible scope into the ureter, which is the tube that carries urine from the kidney to the bladder. If you’re scheduled to have a Ureteroscopy, here’s what you can expect before, during, and after the procedure.
Before the Ureteroscopy Procedure:
Medical History Review: Before the procedure, your doctor will review your medical history, medications, and any allergies you may have. It’s important to tell your doctor if you have a bleeding disorder, as this can affect the procedure.
Medications: You may need to stop taking certain medications, such as blood thinners, before the procedure. Your doctor will give you specific instructions.
Fasting: You may need to fast for a certain amount of time before the procedure. Your doctor will let you know if this is necessary.
Anesthesia: Your doctor may use general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation for the procedure. If you’re having general anesthesia, you’ll need to arrange for someone to take you home after the procedure.
During the Ureteroscopy Procedure:
Preparing for the Procedure: You’ll be asked to change into a hospital gown and lie on your back with your legs raised. You’ll be given anesthesia before the procedure begins.
Scope Insertion: Your doctor will insert a thin, flexible scope into your urethra and guide it into your bladder and then up into your ureter. The scope has a camera on the end, which allows your doctor to see the inside of your ureter and kidney.
Treatment: If your doctor finds a kidney stone or blockage, they may use a small tool to break it up or remove it. They may also insert a stent to help keep the ureter open.
After the Ureteroscopy Procedure:
Recovery: After the procedure, you’ll be taken to a recovery room where you’ll be monitored until the anesthesia wears off. You may feel groggy and have some pain or discomfort. Your doctor may give you pain medication to help manage the discomfort.
Discharge: You’ll usually be able to go home the same day as the procedure, but you’ll need someone to drive you. You should plan to rest for the remainder of the day.
Follow-up: Your doctor will schedule a follow-up appointment to remove the stent if one was inserted. They may also schedule additional tests to ensure that the procedure was successful.
Symptoms: It’s normal to experience some discomfort, such as pain or burning during urination, for a few days after the procedure. You may also notice blood in your urine. If you experience severe pain or fever, or if you’re unable to urinate, you should contact your doctor right away.