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
What causes urethritis?
Urethritis, or inflammation of the urethra, has a few causes. The most common cause is a sexually transmitted infection. The infections that most commonly cause urethritis are gonorrhea, chlamydia, and herpes virus. Other causes of inflammation include contraceptive jelly, cream, or foam; spermicide used in condoms; and chemical irritation from soaps or lotions. (This answer provided for NATA by the University of Montana Athletic Training Education Program.)
What is a ureteral stent?
A ureteral stent is a thin, hollow tube that is put in the ureter to help urine pass from the kidney into the bladder. Ureters are the tubes that connect the kidneys to the bladder. A ureteral stent is put in when something is blocking the ureter. The blockage can be caused by problems such as a kidney stone, scar tissue, a tumor or an infection.
A stent may be needed after surgery on the ureter or kidney. A blocked ureter can cause urine to back up into the kidneys. This can hurt the kidneys. It can also cause an infection. The doctor will place the stent by guiding it through the urethra. The urethra is the tube that carries urine from the bladder to outside the body. Then the doctor will guide the stent through the bladder and ureter and into the kidney. The doctor will make sure one end of the stent is in the kidney and the other end is in the bladder. No cuts are made in the body.A ureteral stent may be left in place for several days or for as long as several months. The longer the stent is in the ureter, the more likely it is to cause side effects. Side effects include: A need to urinate more often. A sudden need to urinate. A feeling that the bladder is not completely empty after urinating. A small amount of blood in the urine. Some pain in the belly, side or back. Infection.
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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.
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