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Diagnostic ureteroscopy

22:20 - 27 April , 2021

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What is Diagnostic ureteroscopy?

It refers to a procedure whose purpose is both for diagnosis and treatment of tumors and stones in the urinary tract. This procedure uses a urethoscope (a probe with a small camera) that can be flexible or rigid, depending on the need, in order to detect and eliminate the problem.

This procedure is generally used when a urinary tract obstruction is suspected due to a stone or after the appearance of recurrent infections or tumors.

Before the procedure:

  • Minimum six hours of fasting or the time indicated. 
  • Inform your doctor if you are taking any medications, especially blood thinners.

After the procedure:

Typically, the duration of a ureteroscopy is about an hour, and general anesthesia is used to sedate the patient. It is likely that, after the procedure, you can return home the next day or even a few hours later, as long as someone else accompanies you on the way home and during your recovery period.

The first few days afterwards, you will experience burning and discomfort when urinating, along with light bleeding. Don’t worry, these symptoms are normal and will soon disappear. Remember to drink plenty of water, but if the discomfort persists or intensifies, contact your ABC doctor.

Potential risks:

  • Urinary tract infections.
  • Pain and burning when urinating.
  • Allergy to any medications.
  • Breathing difficulties caused by anesthesia.

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