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Ureteroscopy involves the passage of a small fibroptic instrument called a ureteroscope through the urethra and the bladder into the ureter. The urethra is the tube from the bladder through which the urine drains out. A ureter is the tube from the kidneys which drains urine into the bladder.
Ureteroscopy is needed to remove a stone/stones from your kidneys which have not been able to pass through the ureter normally.
The procedure will be done under General Anaesthesia so you will have to attend a pre assessment clinic before your operation. You will be screened for MRSA and some baseline investigations will be performed. You will also have an x-ray done to confirm the presence of a stone.
You will be asked not to eat and drink 6 hours prior to surgery.
You will be admitted onto the ward on the day of your procedure and be seen by an anaesthetist. You will also be seen by the surgeon who will go through with you the procedure. You will have the opportunity to ask any questions. Your surgeon will also ask you to sign a consent form.
Your nurse will ask you to change into a hospital gown and remove any jewellery. You will also be asked to wear special stockings while you are in the hospital which helps to prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis.
You will be escorted to the theatre by the theatre staff nearer the time for your procedure.
You will be asleep throughout the procedure. A ureteroscope will be passed into your bladder and affected ureter under x-ray guidance. Using a probe or laser the surgeon will then break the stones down and take them out. A ureteric stent may be left in place.
After the procedure you will be taken to the recovery room where you will wake up, at your own pace.
You will be seen either by the surgeon or a member of the team on the ward who will explain the outcome.
You might come back to the ward with a catheter which will either be removed on the same day or next day morning. You will be able to go home once you are passing urine normally. If you have a stent in then you will have a further appointment made for removal of stent.
The Urology Nursing Team 01444 441881 Extension. 65457.
Ansty Ward 01444 441881 Extension. 68240/68241.
Mr Coker’s secretary 01444 441881 Extension. 68043.
Mr Crawford’s secretary 01444 441881 Extension. 65962.
Mr Symes’ secretary 01273 696955 Extension. 67809.
Mr Larner’s secretary 01273 696955 Extension. 67808.
Mr Alanbuki’s secretary 01273 696955 Extension. 67810.
Mr Zakikhani’s secretary 01273 696955 Extension. 67810.
This information is intended for patients receiving care in Brighton & Hove or Haywards Heath.
The information here is for guidance purposes only and is in no way intended to replace professional clinical advice by a qualified practitioner.
Publication Date: May 2022
Review Date: February 2025