Ureteroscopy

Ureteroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure where your urologist passes a scope through your bladder and into your ureter (the tube that runs from the kidney to the bladder). It is most commonly performed for stone disease, but can also be used to treat or diagnose tumors of the ureter or kidney, or to evaluate the ureter for obstruction. Other instruments can be passed through the ureteroscope such as a laser fiber or a basket in order to complete your procedure. Often a stent (a soft, hollow tube) is left within the ureter for several days to allow healing.

What to expect afterwards:

Utereroscopy is generally performed under general anesthetic as an outpatient.  Afterwards you may have minor abdominal and flank discomfort as well as frequent and sometimes painful urination. Narcotic pain medication is usually prescribed as well as bladder relaxant pills. Blood in the urine is common for several days and may occur intermittently while the stent is in. You can resume normal activity 24-48 hours after surgery, although you should refrain from heavy lifting if you have a lot of blood in the urine or pain with urinating. You should not drive while taking narcotic pain medication. The stent will be removed, typically in the office, when appropriate.

For an example of ureteroscopy, see the following Youtube video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_vGpdcPQ_w