Most kidney cysts (fluid filled mass) are classified as “simple” and are very common. They are generally benign, and found incidentally during an ultrasound, CT or other scan performed for some other reason. Most often these simple cysts can be left alone with no worries. Rarely, a simple kidney cyst can enlarge enough to cause pain, and these can be treated by needle drainage or more permanently with surgery (usually laparoscopy with small incisions.) Some kidney cysts are classified as “complicated” and might have more worrisome or malignant features that warrant more comprehensive exams and treatments including surgery. Very rare are multi-cystic and poly-cystic kidneys that can in worst cases cause kidney failure requiring dialysis or kidney transplant.
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What is renal (kidney) artery disease?
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital answered
Renal (kidney) artery disease is a condition that develops when the arteries in the abdomen that supply the kidneys become narrowed, or blocked, by an accumulation of a fatty substance called plaque. As plaque builds up inside the artery walls, the arteries can become hardened and narrowed (a process called atherosclerosis). Atherosclerosis affects up to 35 percent of Americans, and can cause narrowing (also called stenosis) of any of the arteries throughout the body. As atherosclerosis affects the whole body, people with renal artery narrowing often have other cardiovascular conditions such as carotid artery disease and heart disease.
In renal artery disease, the narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to the kidneys, causing progressive kidney failure or difficult-to-control high blood pressure in a significant number of patients.
How is a ureteral stent removed?
Intermountain Healthcare answeredUreteral stents usually stay in for a few weeks, depending on the procedure you had. With some operations, the stent will stay in place for 6 weeks afterward. Your surgeon will give you the details. To remove most stents, a soft, flexible scope (about the size of a urine catheter) is sent up the urethra to the bladder. A grasper on the scope catches the stent and pulls it out through the urethra. The urologist will put numbing jelly inside the urethra before inserting the scope. You may feel some burning as the scope moves past certain parts of the urethra, but the procedure lasts just a few minutes. Pulling the stent feels a bit like pulling out a bladder catheter. Sometimes a short string is attached to the stent and hangs out of the urethra. In these cases, the stent is removed by pulling the string.
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