When your urologist orders you to undergo a procedure that involves inserting a kidney stent into your ureter, he is obliged to explicitly explain to you every single detail about it. Some doctors use up a substantial amount of time just to explain to the patient the mechanics of the procedure, what to expect before during and after the procedure, what are the risks of having a kidney stent, what are the pros and cons and why is it being ordered to you. If you have any additional questions, it is there obligation to explain without leaving a single detail out. However, if you find the explanation rather confusing, you can always read about it yourself. Here are some of the things that you might find interesting to know regarding a kidney stent.
- A stent is a hollow and thin tube that carries enough flexibility to allow for its easy insertion inside the kidney.
- The reason why it is being inserted is to facilitate the passage of urine from the kidney to the bladder especially when an obstacle like a kidney stone is present which causes an impediment to the normal flow of urine.
- A doctor is the one who applies the stent into the patient and he should also be the one to remove it. The stent should be applied temporarily. However, cases of long-term application can be made possible but this would depend on the patient’s condition.
- A kidney stent is also introduced when kidney stones are present. This will aid in the draining of urine with the hopes that the stones would also be carried along with it.
- A kidney stent will only be done when a doctor orders it.
- The length of the tube for the kidney stent will vary but it ranges between 24 to 30 centimeters.
Basically, a kidney stent is a procedure performed on patients who suffer from a urinary problem or those who find it hard to pass urine. A doctor’s order is necessary before the procedure is carried out.