What is a ureteroscopy?
If you have a stone lodged in your ureter, or if your urethra needs further examination, the doctor may perform an ureteroscopy.
The doctor uses an instrument called an ureteroscope, which is a thin straw-like instrument, used to visualise the urethra
If you have a stone, the doctor may be able to remove it using a small basket or by extending a flexible fiber that carries a laser beam to break the stone into smaller pieces that can then be passed out with your urine.
The doctor may insert a stent, which a flexible tube to keep the ureter open for drainage.
Preparation for the procedure
You will usually be required to fast for 8 hours before the procedure. Some may be required before the procedure depending on your age and general health.
- Blood tests
- Urine tests
- Chest x-ray
- Electrocardiogram (a non-invasive heart tracing)
What to expect after the operation?
You may have a mild burning sensation when you pass urine and some specs of blood, this should resolve after 24 hours. If they persist, it is important to contact the doctor again.
Try to increase your fluid intake, 6 to 8 large glasses a day.
Take any medication as instructed by your doctor for specified duration.
if you develop fever or progressive pain, you should go to the nearest emergency department or contact Galway clinic.
Compiled by: Marie Connolly
Mother Teresa Unit
Mr. S. Jaffry