Quick Answer: Can I Remove My Own Ureteral Stent?

What happens after stent removal ureter?

After the stent removal, you may need to urinate often.

You may have some burning during and after urination for a day or two.

It may help to drink lots of fluids (unless your doctor tells you not to).

This also helps prevent a urinary tract infection..

Is ureteral stent removal painful?

The majority of stents (44%) were removed by office cystoscopy while 39% had their stents removed by string. Mean pain during stent removal was 4.8 out of 10 with 57% reporting moderate-to-severe pain levels of 4 or more.

Can a stent be removed?

Stents can be removed in two different ways. Sometimes, a string is left attached to the end of the stent. This string is allowed to come out of the patient’s urethra, the tube where he or she urinates. The string can be used to pull on the stent and remove it.

How long will my kidney hurt after stent removal?

It is normal to have some discomfort for several days after stent removal. This should gradually resolve over 3 to 5 days. The pain should not be as intense as was the original kidney stone.

Does stent removal require anesthesia?

Most patients tolerate having the stent removed using only a topical anesthetic placed in the urethra. Immediately before the procedure, sterile lubrication containing local anesthetic (lidocaine) is instilled into the urethra.

How long does stent removal take?

In general, a stent should be removed (or exchanged) within 3 months. How is the stent removed? There are two ways to remove ureteral stents. Commonly, the stent is removed by cystoscopy, an outpatient procedure which takes only a few minutes.

How long is recovery from ureteral stent?

After the procedure, urine may flow better from your kidneys to your bladder. A ureteral stent may be left in place for several days or for as long as several months. Your doctor will take it out when you no longer need it. This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for you to recover.

Can you remove a ureteral stent at home?

The additional procedure can be avoided by inserting a stent with a string attached so that the stent can be removed by the patient at home. Even in patients who are unable to remove the stent themselves, the stent can be removed in the office without re-instrumentation of the bladder.

Can a stent damage your ureter?

The use of ureteral stents is associated with some complications (1, 2, 4, 6). The major complication during ureteral stenting includes increased rates of urinary tract infection (2-4).

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.

How do you remove a stent from your ureter?

How to remove your stentWash and clean your hands thoroughly.It is important to try and relax. This will make removal easier.Take hold of the string and with a firm, steady motion, pull the stent until it is out. Remember that it is approximately 25-30 cm long.

Why does my ureteral stent hurt so much?

Stents can cause discomfort and pain in the bladder, kidneys, groin, urethra and the genitals. The discomfort or pain may be more noticeable after physical activity and passing urine. Taking regular painkillers, such as paracetamol, should ease the discomfort.