Cystoscopy Stent Placement

This is a minimally invasive procedure where a scope is placed in your bladder. A drainage tube is then placed into one or both kidneys to allow them to drain. This is done when there is a blockage of the ureter (the tube that brings the urine from the kidney to the bladder). It is also often placed after a stone removal or scope of the kidney for a few days to a few weeks. A string may or may not be left on the stent depending on the discretion of your Urologist. The procedure is generally done under a general anesthetic as an outpatient.

What to expect afterwards:

Stents may cause irritation of the bladder and blood in the urine. It is not uncommon to have frequent urination with a stent, sometimes associated with a burning sensation. In severe cases, the stent may have to be removed earlier than planned. It is not uncommon to have pain in the affected side for 1-3 days following stent removal.

It is important to know that if these stents are meant to stay in long term they must be changed at routine intervals. Stents that are left in too long can become encrusted with stones and could require major surgery to remove as well as result in loss of a kidney. Your Urologist will tell you how often the stents need to be changed.