Rajen P. Butani, MD
Location and Office HoursDelaware Valley Urology
2401 E Evesham
Voorhees, NJ 08043
- AmeriHealth HMO
- AtlantiCare Health Plans
- CIGNA HealthCare
- Health Net
- Horizon HMO (BC/BS of NJ)
- Horizon NJ Health
- Oxford Health Plans
- United Healthcare
- Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County
- Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center
- Virtua Voorhees
- Virtua West Jersey Hospital Berlin
- Virtua West Jersey Hospital Marlton
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 urethritis?
Urethritis is inflammation of the tube that carries urine from the bladder to outside of the body (urethra). It can be caused by a bacterial or viral infection (like some sexually transmitted infections), irritation from soap or spermicide, or injury.
Symptoms of urethritis can include:
- Pain or burning during urination (dysuria).
- An urgent need to urinate.
- A need to urinate more often than usual.
- A clear, yellow, or green discharge from the urethra.
When urethritis is caused by a bacterial infection, antibiotic medicine is used to treat it.
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If my kidneys are barely working, can my kidney function return to normal?
Anthony Komaroff, MD, Internal Medicine, answeredKidneys clean the blood and rid the body of waste products. Healthy kidneys function at 100%, but many medical conditions can lead to a loss of function. Once function drops below 15%, a person may need dialysis (a process to clean the blood) or a kidney transplant. Kidney function is estimated by blood tests.
Whether kidney function can improve depends on how quickly the kidney became damaged and the reasons they were injured.
Some diseases that cause rapid damage can be treated, but in most cases, kidney function will not return to 100%. If the kidney damage occurred over a longer time period (from months to years), the possibility of significantly improving the function of the kidneys is much less likely.
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