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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 the reason for the procedure. The stent allows the urine to keep flowing. You will need to come back to the clinic to have the stent taken out.
Day of Surgery
Shower with the antibacterial soap as directed before you leave for the hospital.
Resume your normal eating habits.
Drink at least 6-8 (8 oz) glasses of fluid daily. Try to drink most of this before dinner, so you are not up all-night passing urine.
Do not drink alcohol for 2 days.
You may resume your normal routine, but rest if you have pain or blood in the urine.
Take pain pills as prescribed. Take all of your antibiotic if you were prescribed one.
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.
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
Call your doctor if you have:
Trouble passing 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
A fever over 100.5 F, taken by mouth.
Your urology doctor is: ____________________________
Who to Call
UW Health Urology
UW Health East Madison Hospital Urology
UW Health One South Park Urology
UW Health Pediatric Urology
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.