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What are the risks of a ureteroscopic kidney stone removal?

Risks of ureteroscopy to remove kidney stones include bleeding, infection, or injury to the ureter in rare cases. Sometimes the ureter is very narrow and will not allow the small scope to move up to the level of the stone. In these cases, you may need a stent in place for 1 to 2 weeks to dilate (widen) the ureter before trying the ureteroscopy again. Once the ureter is wider, it is usually easier to get to the stone.

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