Ureteroscopy is a minimally invasive technique during which a thin, lit, flexible scope, called an ureteroscope is passed through the urethra, into the bladder, and then up into the ureter(s). It is used to investigate symptoms of blockage, such as a tumor or a stone, like blood in urine, pain, urination problems.
Preparing for an Ureteroscopy
Before your procedure, your doctor may order certain blood or urine tests. If you suspect that you may have a urinary tract infection, please call the physician office immediately so that proper antibiotics can be prescribed before your surgery.
One week before surgery do not take:
Tell your doctor if you are taking:
Check with your doctor to find out if you need to stop any of these medications prior to your procedure.
The Day of Your Ureteroscopy
The procedure lasts from 1 to 3 hours and is usually done under general anesthesia. If you are going home the same day, please arrange to have someone available to drive you home. Ureteroscopy usually can be performed as an outpatient procedure. You may require an overnight hospital stay, however, if the procedure proves lengthy or difficult.
After Your Ureteroscopy
If you received general anesthesia, you will need to rest for 24 hours following the procedure. During that time, do not drive or use any machinery.
When to Call the Doctor
Call your doctor immediately if: