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Ureteroscopy involves putting a small scope into your ureter (the passage from the bladder to the kidney) through the bladder. This is done to look at the ureter and/or treat certain problems of the ureter. Handling the ureter can sometimes cause swelling, so a very small, hollow stent (tube) may be left in place for several days. This depends on why you have the procedure done. The stent allows the urine to keep flowing. You will need to come back the doctor’s office to have the stent taken out. 

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The day of surgery shower with the antibacterial soap as directed, before you leave for the hospital. 

Home Care 

Diet

  • Resume your normal eating habits.

  • Drink at least 6-8 (8 oz) glasses of fluid daily. You may choose to drink most of this before dinner, so you are not up all night passing urine. 

  • Do not drink alcohol for 2 days. 

Activity

  • You may resume your normal routine, but rest if you have pain or blood in the urine.

Medicine

  • If an antibiotic is ordered, take all of it.

  • Pain pills will be ordered for you. Be sure to follow the instructions for taking them.

Passing Urine

  • You may go home with a stent. It may feel like you have to pass urine more often or it may cause a burning feeling in the bladder. This will lessen with time.

  • You may have blood in your urine.

Follow-Up Care

  • You will have a follow-up visit with your doctor. If you have a stent, it is very important that you not miss or delay your follow-up visit.

When to Call the Doctor

  • Unable to pass urine

  • Large blood clots in the urine

  • Pain not relieved by pain pills

  • Cloudy or foul-smelling urine

  • Red or bloody urine after 3 days

  • Fever over 100.5° F by mouth.

Phone Numbers

  • UW Health Urology

    • 608-263-4757

  • UW Health at The American Center Urology

    • 608-440-6464

  • UW Health One South Park Urology

    • 608-287-2900

  • UW Health Pediatric Urology

    • 608-263-6420

After hours, nights, weekends, and holidays, the clinic number is answered by the paging operator. Ask for the Urology doctor on call. Leave your name and phone number with the area code. The doctor will call you back. The toll-free number is: 

  • 1-844-607-4800.