What is Ureteroscopy?
When you have a ureteroscopy, your doctor, a urologist, will insert a special scope into your bladder and ureter to visualize your bladder, the ureters, and even your kidneys.
This can be done as a way to diagnose any problems, though it can also be used to fix some problems that may occur.
What diagnoses are treated with a Ureteroscopy?
If you are having certain urological issues, your doctor may want to run extra tests, including a ureteroscopy. You may be experiencing the following:
- Painful urination
- Trouble urinating
- Bleeding during urination
- And much more
There are many reasons that your doctor may recommend a ureteroscopy. He or she may be worried about:
- Abnormal tissue
- Kidney stones
There are times when a special scope is used to remove the polyp or tumor. It can be used to grab a piece of tissue for a biopsy if the tissue is abnormal. If you have kidney stones, we may also perform shock wave lithotripsy which will help to break them up so that you are able to pass them.
How does one prepare for this procedure?
You won't have to do much to prepare for your procedure. Most of the time, it is an outpatient procedure so you will be able to go home as soon as it is completed and you have recovered from anesthesia.
Most of the time, your bladder will need to be empty before the procedure so you will have to visit the bathroom prior to the procedure.
There are times when general anesthesia is used so it is important that you talk to your doctor to see when you can eat and drink prior to your procedure. You also need to talk to him or her about your medications. You may have to stop certain medications.
What is the recovery time after having a Ureteroscopy done?
Recovery is relatively quick after a ureteroscopy. You will be able to go home as soon as the anesthesia wears off. You may notice some discomfort when you urinate. Some may struggle to urinate due to injury to the area. You may also notice some bleeding. This is normal and should go away in a few days.
Why should you choose Treasure Valley Hospital to have this procedure done?
If you are having urologic problems, please contact one of our Urologists to schedule an appointment. If surgery is needed, the Urologist will perform your procedure at Treasure Valley Hospital.
One of the most important decisions patients will make concerning surgery is determining WHERE to have the surgery. At Treasure Valley Hospital, we focus on patient safety as our number one priority and offer pre-registration and will schedule pre-admission testing two weeks prior to patient procedures.
At Treasure Valley Hospital, we constantly strive to offer the best-individualized care possible. Patient care surveys have determined that we consistently receive excellent marks for overall hospital experience and shorter wait times. With low nurse-to-patient ratios, our patients are given superior personal attention. We are committed to offering high-quality surgical care at lower costs to our patients and perform over 6,000 surgeries a year in state-of-the-art surgical operating suites.
Treasure Valley Hospital in Boise, Idaho is recognized as the #1 Physician-Owned Hospital. Our physicians have their own independent local practices and serve the community, not hospital administrators.