A ureteral stent is a flexible, thin hollow tube that is placed in the ureter to allow urine to drain from the kidney to the bladder. The stent is usually five to 12 inches long. Stents are placed when there is a blockage in the ureter and the flow of urine is obstructed. This is done as an outpatient procedure.
The stent can stay in place for a few days or up to several months, depending on the indication for which it was placed.
Possible Side Effects of Stents
- Blood in the urine (Hematuria). This can be tea-colored, pink or bright red; you may even notice some clots. The blood may come and go while you have the stent; this is normal. If you have bright red blood that is very thick and lasts most of the day, you may need to contact the office and discuss this with your provider. Drinking water will help clear the blood in your urine.
- Pain. There can be flank, side or back pain due to the stent. It may be worse with movement. There are medicines that can help you with pain management.
- Urinary urgency and frequency. You may notice you have to urinate very quickly and very often. There are medications to alleviate these symptoms; please discuss this with your provider.
- Burning with urination. You may experience this with a stent. Medications can help with this symptom.
CALL YOUR PHYSICIAN'S OFFICE IF YOU HAVE:
- Fever of 101.5 or greater
- Constant urine leakage after the stent has been placed