Quick Answer: What Is A Stent In The Kidney?

What are the side effects of a kidney stent?

a slight risk of episodes of incontinence (leaking of urine).

These side effects are usually due to the stent being inside the bladder and causing irritation.

They will disappear when the stent is removed.

Stents can cause discomfort and pain in the bladder, kidneys, groin, urethra and the genitals..

Are you put to sleep for a kidney stent?

You will be awake during the procedure, although you will be given a sedative which makes you feel drowsy and relaxed, as well as something to take away the pain. This is not a long-term solution and you may eventually have to have a stent inserted.

Do and don’ts after stent?

Don’t lift heavy objects. Avoid strenuous exercise. Avoid sexual activity for a week. Wait at least a week before swimming or bathing.

Is a stent major surgery?

A cardiac stent is used to treat narrowed or blocked coronary arteries. It can also be used to improve blood flow immediately following a heart attack. Cardiac stents are expandable coils made of metal mesh. Your doctor can insert one during a coronary angioplasty, a nonsurgical and minimally invasive procedure.

How long do you stay in the hospital after having a stent put in?

Recovery from angioplasty and stenting is typically brief. Discharge from the hospital is usually 12 to 24 hours after the catheter is removed. Many patients are able to return to work within a few days to a week after a procedure.

Can a kidney stent make you tired?

Sometimes side effects associated with a stent can make you feel more tired than normal. You can continue to work normally with the stent inside your body. However, if the work involves lot of physical activities, you may experience more discomfort.

Why is a kidney stent needed?

The ureter can become obstructed due to conditions such as kidney stones, tumors, infection, or blood clots. When this happens, physicians can use image guidance to place stents or tubes in the ureter to restore the flow of urine to the bladder. A ureteral stent is a thin, flexible tube threaded into the ureter.

How long can you have a stent in your kidney?

In the majority of patients, the stents are required for only a short duration, from a few weeks to a few months. However, a stent in the right position can stay in for up to three months without the need to replace it. When the underlying problem is not a kidney stone, the stent can stay even longer.

How serious is having a stent put in?

About 1% to 2% of people who have a stent may get a blood clot where the stent is placed. This can put you at risk for a heart attack or stroke. Your risk of getting a blood clot is highest during the first few months after the procedure.

What is the life expectancy after stent placement?

Even though drug eluting stents have a higher re-obstruction rate, most studies go only four to five years after stenting and indicate that the risk of re-obstruction is generally about 1 to 2 percent for either type of stent.

What does a kidney stent feel like?

If it was placed because of severe pain from a stone, stent discomfort is usually significantly less. Most patients will experience some discomfort which may include pain in the back, flank and pelvis, urinary urgency and frequency, and intermittent blood in the urine.

How do they remove a kidney stent?

Commonly, the stent is removed by cystoscopy, an outpatient procedure which takes only a few minutes. During cystoscopy the Urologist places a small flexible tube through the urethra (the hole where urine exits the body).