Ureteral Stent Information

What are they?
Stents are hollow tubes that are placed in the ureter after some endoscopic and open urologic procedures.  They allow urine to drain from the kidney to the bladder while the surgical area is healing.  They may be left in for several days to several weeks after surgery.  On occasion they may be left in for up to six  months. There may be a string attached to the stent to allow for easy removal.  Do not pull on this.

What are stent symptoms?
Commonly stents cause irritative bladder symptoms, such as burning, urinary urgency and frequency.  You may also have pain or discomfort on the side of the stent when urinating.  It is common to see blood in your urine while the stent is in place. It is common for this to be worse during periods of heavy activity.  Usually stent symptoms are mild and improve with Tylenol or ibuprofen. If severe, call and we can give you medication to help but it may cause a dry mouth and/or blurry vision on rare occasions.

What should I avoid with a stent in?
Avoid heavy lifting and contact sports, as well as intercourse while the stent is in.  Light exercise, including walking is permitted.

What else is important about stents?
Stents can become encrusted (covered in stone) if left in too long.  This could lead to the need for major surgery to remove or even loss of a kidney.  It is  important that you follow up with your urologist to make sure the stent is removed or changed on a timely basis