If your doctor mentioned a kidney stent during your initial consultation and failed to elaborate on the issue any further, don’t fret. You don’t have to suffer all day wondering what it is all about. All you have to do is to trudge yourself across your computer and start researching. Here are some of the basic things you might want to know about a kidney stent.
The most basic question that you will find yourself asking is this, what is a kidney stent and why do I need it?
- A kidney stent is a small, thin, flexible hollow tube with the length of about ten to twelve inches inserted into the ureter to facilitate in the draining of urine from the patient’s kidney down to the bladder or to an external collecting device.
- Since it is a tube, two ends should be present and these ends have been shaped similar to a pigtail. One of the ends is inserted inside of the patient’s kidney while the other in the patient’s bladder.
- The reason why a stent is ordered is because it allows for the normal drainage of urine from the kidneys into the bladder. The tube is inserted to keep the ureter’s crevice open so that urine can freely flow out. This is only ordered for temporary relief, nothing permanent. Although there have been reported cases for a long-term stent especially when a blockage is evident.
- They symptoms associated with a kidney stent include bladder irritation which causes a person to squint in discomfort during urination. Urinary tract infections are also pretty common. The good news is that even when these symptoms surface, as soon as the stent is removed, all of it disappears and relief is achieved almost immediately.
With all these kidney stent information you have gathered, you can be sure of what you are getting yourself into. Basically, this is being ordered to you because your urologist thinks that it is the best possible option you can have as of the moment to help drain your urine.