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What are some side effects of a ureteral stent?

Learn about the significant side effects many patients experience after having a ureteral stent. Watch this video with Kyle Himsl, MD from Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center.
Problems from a ureteral stent procedure are rare, but all procedures have some risk. Your doctor will review potential problems, including the following:
  • stent may move or fall out
  • infection
  • damage to the kidney or other nearby structures
  • creation of an abnormal connection between bodily structures (fistula)
  • narrowing of the ureter (ureteral stenosis)
  • more surgery if the stent doesn’t work properly
  • stone formation on the stent
  • reaction to anesthesia or contrast material used during the procedure
Before your procedure, talk to your doctor about ways to manage factors that may increase your risk for complications such as smoking, drinking and chronic disease, such as diabetes or obesity.
A ureteral stent typically causes two other symptoms:
  • Feeling like you have to "go" all the time. The end of the stent sits near the opening of the bladder, and it stimulates the area that tells your brain you have to urinate. The result is that even when your bladder is empty, it may still feel full.
  • Blood in your urine. Expect to see blood in your urine until the stent is removed. This can come and go -- some days the urine will be clear, and the next day it will be bloody.
These symptoms -- along with pain while you urinate -- are normal, so don't be alarmed when you see them. These symptoms don't mean anything is wrong. And keep in mind that having a stent is worth the difficulty.

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