If you have a kidney stone, chances are you know it. Some of the obvious signs include sharp pain in your side, back, and below your ribs.
The pain can move to the lower part of your stomach and groin area. The feeling happens sporadically, and its intensity fluctuates. You might also have a burning sensation when you urinate.
At Stone Relief Center, board-certified urologic surgeon William Cooper Buschemeyer III, MD, and our team are forward-thinking kidney stone experts. We understand the necessity of eliminating your kidney stones to relieve your pain.
One method of treatment involves using a ureteral stent, which can benefit your condition greatly.
To insert a ureteral stent, we place a flexible, hollow tube in your ureter, which carries urine from your kidney to your bladder. The top of the stent sits in your kidney and the bottom of it sits in your bladder, creating an open pathway for your urine to drain easily.
A ureteral stent can benefit you greatly when having the following conditions:
If a kidney stone blocks your ureter, the stent provides a way for your urine to flow out, allowing your kidney to function as well as it can.
A ureteral stent provides a way for your infected urine to drain if you have an infection from a kidney stone.
We may need to use a ureteral stent when performing other procedures, such as a ureteroscopy or when using soundwaves to break up your kidney stones. It keeps your ureter open and allows the broken pieces to travel out.
If you have surgery to remove your kidney stone, we may put a ureteral stent in at that time to stop your ureter from swelling and to allow it to heal.
While you have the stent, you may experience symptoms that include:
You might also feel a burning sensation when you urinate. We monitor you closely to make sure your body functions are normal.
Depending on your procedure, your ureteral stent can remain inserted several days up to two weeks. During your consultation with our team, we discuss what to expect so you stay informed and comfortable.
To learn more about a ureteral stent and why it might be right for you, contact our team at our office in The Woodlands, Texas.