Clair E. Cox, MD
Location and Office HoursUT Medical Group Department of Urology
1264 Wesley Dr Ste 303
Memphis, TN 38116
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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.
What is the urinary tract?
Jill Rabin, Obstetrics & Gynecology, answered
The urinary tract is the passageway through which bodily waste products are filtered and through which urine is produced, stored, and excreted. The upper urinary tract consists of the kidneys and the ureters that are attached to them. The bladder and the urethra are in the lower urinary tract.
We remain continent when the organs (kidneys, bladder, brain), tubes (ureters and the urethra), and muscles (sphincter muscles and the pelvic floor muscles), as well as the spinal cord, that comprise and control the urinary tract function properly. Continence is achieved when the entire urinary system works like a well-tuned motor: when there is normal lower urinary tract support and normal functioning of the sphincter muscles.
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What causes malrotated kidney?
Before birth, the kidneys normally pass through a complex series of developmental steps when they change position and orientation. Malrotated kidneys occur when these steps do not occur in the usual way so the kidney ends up in an abnormal position, orientation, or both. Malrotated kidneys are generally easily diagnosed by sonogram.
Often, kidney malrotation is found in an otherwise healthy infant or child, sometimes noticed on a prenatal (before birth) sonogram, and may not have any impact on health. In adults, kidney malrotation might be noticed when a person has body imaging for a completely different reason.
In some cases, a malrotated kidney can be associated with some functional problems in the way urine drains to the bladder and with vesicoureteral reflux (when some urine flows backwards through the urinary system). These problems may lead to urinary tract infections (UTI), which could be the only sign of the condition. More rarely, malrotated kidneys may be part of more complex combinations of congenital (birth) defects.
Additional testing or imaging might be recommended when a malrotated kidney is noticed in a baby, especially after a UTI.
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