A kidney stent is not something we hear often and the ringing of the words in our system could not have bothered much not until our very own doctor advises us to get one. That’s when the real horror begins. To be honest, a kidney stent is not as intimidating as it sounds. You will just have to learn a few things about it so you won’t end up running away at the sight of your doctor or get dizzy when you walk down hospital halls.
What really is a kidney stent and why am I being ordered one?
- A kidney stent is a plastic tube that holds enough resilience and flexibility to make it easier for doctors to maneuver it inside you to be inserted in an area located between a patient’s bladder and the kidney.
- The very reason why this tube is being ordered by your doctor is because the tube allows for an easy passage of your kidney stone.
- The doctor does not just randomly pick out a tube and insert it right away. The doctor has to consider several factors before the start of the procedure and one of this is to determine the length of the tube to be inserted.
- A plan to retrieve the kidney stent after it has reached its maximum duration of time which is usually six weeks should be thoroughly thought of by the doctor.
- During the insertion, the patient is usually prescribed with a local or general anaesthesia. This of course is a case to case basis so it can vary.
Who is a qualified candidate for a kidney stent?
A kidney stent is usually ordered for patients suspected to have kidney stones. Kidney stones block the normal passage of urine, and when a stent is inserted, it relieves the obstruction causing the kidneys to function as normally as possible.