A ureteral stent is a small plastic tube used to temporarily drain
the kidney. Most ureteral stents are ~2 mm in diameter.
WHAT DOES A URETERAL STENT LOOK LIKE?
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT WHEN I HAVE A URETERAL STENT?
- Irritating Voiding Symptoms
Many patients are greatly bothered by their ureteral stent, whereas
other patients feel as though they have not even had a stent placed.
Most patients commonly complain of symptoms associated with voiding,
such as voiding more frequently, having a tremendous urgency to
void, burning with voiding, and feeling discomfort in their kidney
when they void. Sometimes these symptoms can be controlled with
medications, but other times they cannot.
You might see blood in your urine when you have a ureteral stent.
In most cases, the blood will give the urine a fruit punch-like
appearance. Although this may seem alarming, please know that
it is unlikely that you are losing a significant amount of blood.
The degree of hematuria can be minimized by consuming liquids
(strive for 2 liters per day).
WHAT SHOULD I CALL MY DOCTOR FOR WHEN I HAVE A URETERAL STENT?
It is not normal to have a fever with a ureteral stent. If you
develop a temperature greater than 101o F please call your doctor,
as this may indicate a serious infection.
Although mild hematuria is normal, if the urine becomes thick
with blood, so that it resembles the consistency of tomato soup,
call your doctor, as this may indicate that there is bleeding
in the kidney.
- Increasing Pain
If the character of the discomfort associated with the stent changes,
particularly if you begin to develop severe kidney pain, call
your doctor, as this may indicate that the stent is not draining