Ureteral Stenting and Nephrostomy Intervention
 
 

Ureteral Stenting and Nephrostomy Intervention

Ureters are long, narrow tubes that carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder. If these become blocked from kidney stones, tumors, infections or blood clots, your doctor might insert stents (thin, flexible tubes) utilizing ultrasound image guidance. These stents are used to restore normal urine flow to the bladder. If a stent cannot be placed, your doctor may perform a nephrostomy procedure which involves the placement of a tube into your kidney, through the skin on your back. The tube drains urine into an external storage bag. Nephrostomy is conducted using local anesthetic and ultrasound guidance. The catheter is removed once the blockage is gone and proper urine flow is restored.

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