Kidney stent is a commonly referred term for ureteric stent. It is a plastic hollow tube inserted in the ureter (connecting tube between the kidney and the bladder through which urine from the kidney gets accumulated in the bladder).
The length of the stent is 24 to 30 cms. It is coiled at both the ends; one end coils in the kidney, while the other end coils in the bladder. The coils prevent its displacement during various physical activities. The stents are made of flexible material to withstand any type of movement of the body.
Ureteric Stent Insertion
The insertion of the stent is temporary to avoid and relieve obstruction caused by kidney stone.
Generally the kidney stent is passed in a patient under general or local anesthesia. The doctor then passes the cystoscope through the urethra in the bladder. After visualizing the bladder, the stent is passed with the help of cystoscope in the ureter. The stent can be kept for 6 weeks in the ureter. After which it is removed or replaced as per the situation demands.
Removal Of Kidney Stent
While removing the stent after six weeks the same procedure of anesthesia is followed.Due to this there is minimal pain while removing the stent. The time required for removing the stent is very short. It does not cause any major risk to the health, except some mild pain in the urethra due to cystoscopy.
Kidney Stent Complications
Some of the complications of kidney stent are
- Frequency of urination.
- Red urine: this is due to small amount of bleeding from the site. This can be cured by drinking plenty of water.
- Kidney infection: symptoms such as fever, burning urination, frequency are some of the signs which indicate kidney infection.
- In women there are chances of incontinence.
- Pain and discomfort during physical activities.