What To Expect During and After a Ureteroscopy

If you’ve ever had a kidney stone, you’re familiar with the severe pain it can cause. A ureteroscopy procedure might be the answer to getting rid of your kidney stone and relieving your pain.

At Stone Relief Center, our board-certified urologic surgeon, William Cooper Buschemeyer III, MD, and our team are kidney stone experts. We can determine if you’re a candidate for an outpatient ureteroscopy to help you get back to your normal daily routine.

Preparing for your ureteroscopy

Before your procedure, we may perform an X-ray and lab tests. We also might ask you for a urine sample to make sure you don’t have an infection. If we determine you have an issue, we ask you not to urinate for an hour before we begin your ureteroscopy. 

To prepare you for your procedure, we apply monitoring devices on your body and give you an antibiotic to keep your body free of infection.

What to expect during your procedure

We want to keep you as comfortable as possible. Before your procedure, we give you anesthesia to put you to sleep so you don’t feel anything. Dr. Buschemeyer proceeds with meticulous detail, inserting the ureteroscope into your ureter and bladder to examine any issues in your urinary tract. 

If you have a small kidney stone, he uses a miniature wire basket to pull the stone out. 

For a large stone, he might use a laser fiber that goes through the scope to break it apart. Once that happens, Dr. Buschemeyer can suction all of it out through your urinary tract. He performs the entire procedure without making any incisions.

It can take an hour or two depending on the size of your kidney stone.

After your procedure

We keep a close watch on you during your recovery. We may need to send you home with a temporary stent that we place within your ureter to make sure you don’t experience any swelling and to keep your urine flowing easily. We remove the stent a week or two after your procedure.

We typically discharge you to go home two hours after your procedure. You may notice blood in your urine for a few days after your ureteroscopy, which is normal. We can provide you with medications to reduce any pain and reduce inflammation. We also recommend that you avoid activity for a few days.

If you experience the pain of a kidney stone, contact us right away at our office in The Woodlands, Texas. Call us or request an appointment via our online tool.

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