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Dr. Aaron Shiloh
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Nephrostomy Tube (Overview)

A percutaneous nephrostomy is the placement of a small, flexible rubber catheter (tube) through your skin into your kidney to drain your urine. Percutaneous nephrostolithotomy (or nephrolithotomy) is the passing of a special medical instrument through your skin into your kidney. This is done to get rid of kidney stones.


Dr. Aaron Shiloh
34 doctors shared insights

Nephrostomy Tube (Overview)

A percutaneous nephrostomy is the placement of a small, flexible rubber catheter (tube) through your skin into your kidney to drain your urine. Percutaneous nephrostolithotomy (or nephrolithotomy) is the passing of a special medical instrument through your skin into your kidney. This is done to get rid of kidney stones.


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How do I stop pain in my nephrostomy ?Tube?

How do I stop pain in my nephrostomy ?Tube?

Good question: Good question without a clear answer without knowing more about the reason the tube is in, how long it's been in, and the particular access. Also, if the pain is "new" the tube may simply be slightly dislodged and needs to be repositioned. You should consult with the ir doctor who put it in. ...Read more

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What are some things I must know about a nephrostomy tube?

What are some things I must know about a nephrostomy tube?

Be aware of blockage: Nephrostomy tube ia a tube that goes through the skin and into the kidney for purposes of draining a kidney that has a blocked drainage tract. It is important that the nephrostomy tube be able to freely drain. Be sure that he tube is not kinked. Be sure that the tube is not pulled too hard or it can dislodge from the kidney. The tube can clog from blood, mucous, stones or debris. ...Read more

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What complications could I have if I get a nephrostomy tube?

Infection and pain: Nephrostomy tubes are used to allow drainage of urine from the kidney if there is an obstruction preventing urine from draining through the ureters and bladder. The main risks of a nephrostomy tube are bleeding from the procedure, infection and pain where the tube sits. An alternative may be a ureteral stent. The pros & cons should be discussed with your OB and urologist. ...Read more

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I was intimate with my husband and I have a nephrostomy tube, how can I tell if it has been dislodged?

Nephrostomy: If your nephrostomy usually drains to a bag, it will stop draining if it is dislodged. If the tube is capped, only imaging can determine whether the tube is dislodged or not. ...Read more

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I just got a nephrostomy tube put in yesterday. There is now white flake/string like stuff floating around in the bag (not a lot). Is that normal?

Here are some ...: What you saw in the bag could be "normally" expected as long as urine is draining and you're comfortable & afebrile but soreness from the procedures. For more details, ask your treating Doc timely. ...Read more

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What happens during nephrostomy tube insertion?

What happens during nephrostomy tube insertion?

Several steps.: Nephrostomy tubes are most often placed by interventional radiologists (ir). First, you may receive a mild sedative. Ir uses fluoroscopes to find the kidney. The skin at the site of the tube is numbed with local anesthetic. A needle is placed through the skin and into the kidney's urinary space. A wire is guided into the kidney, the needle removed, and then the nephrostomy tube is deployed. ...Read more

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Why might someone need a percutaneous nephrostomy tube?

Why might someone need a percutaneous nephrostomy tube?

Nephrostomy tube: A percutaneous nephrostomy tube is indicated to drain an obstructed kidney. Decision to place a nephrostomy tube is usually selected when placement of a ureteral stent bridging the ureteral obstruction is not possible and / or one wants to minimize urine draining into the bladder. Another reason for a nephrostomy tube is to provide access to treat a very large kidney stone. www.peedoc.com @drhtay. ...Read more

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What can I do to prevent problems from a nephrostomy tube?

What can I do to prevent problems from a nephrostomy tube?

Nephrons tony tube : Flushing the tube w 10 cc sterile 0.9% Normal Saline daily will reduce blockage. Changing your nephrostomy tube as scheduled (usually 2-3 mth). Cleaning the site with some peroxide and applying some antibiotic ointment. Make sure tubing has enough slack so it doesn't kink. Increase fluid intake (if ok w your doctor). ...Read more

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What is the procedure for removal of a percutaneous nephrostomy tube?

Very simple: Generally the procedure is simple and painless. The doctor will usually cut the catheter on the outside of the body. Once that is done, the locking loop on the inside is "unlocked" which allows the tube to slide right out. ...Read more

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How is A nephrostomy tube removed? Do I get sedation or do they just pull it pretty much?

How is A nephrostomy tube removed? Do I get sedation or do they just pull it pretty much?

I've seen it both wa: ways, Depends on how you can grab it. Some are external and those are removed like an IV. Some are internal and need cystoscopy to get at them (light sedation). ...Read more

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Had a Nephrostomy tube placed. I am now having blood in the tube here and there. It's not a lot. Is that normal?

Had a Nephrostomy tube placed. I am now having blood in the tube here and there. It's not a lot. Is that normal?

Common: it is not uncommon to have blood from the nephrostomy tube especially in the first few days after it's placed. pink urine or intermittent bloody urine is probably not a problem. Bright red blood that is persistent should however, be reported to your urologist ...Read more

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I have a right Nephrostomy tube In. Can I sleep on my right side if it dose not cause pain. I usually sleep on my right and haven't slept. ?

I have a right Nephrostomy tube In. Can I sleep on my right side if it dose not cause pain. I usually sleep on my right and haven't slept. ?

Tube: If the tube is draining well and there is no discomfort on that side when you lie on it, it should be ok to sleep on that side, but your urologist is best qualified to advise you. ...Read more

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Have a Nephrostomy tube for two weeks now. Can I lift heavy things? I need to put an ac in. Live alone no one to help no family or friends around here

Not a good idea: Surely you must have a friend who could help. If you grunt, groan, stoop, squat, push, pull etc you may disrupt the tube and that would create emergency to put back quickly. And, not every ER DOC can do it. Check with your Urologist for explicit instructions ...Read more

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I have A nephrostomy tube and I noticed what looks like bloody chunks of tissue in the tube. Does. It happen all time but will clog the tube sometimes?

Nephrostomy tube: It depends on the reason why a nephrostomy tube is placed. It is not uncommon to see cellular debris(tumor?), stone/ crystals, or cells from trauma from nephrostomy tube. ...Read more

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What are the risks of a nephrostomy tube insertion in me?

What are the risks of a nephrostomy tube insertion in me?

Bleeding, infection: A percutaneous (through the skin) nephrostomy tube is generally placed when there is obstruction to the flow of urine into the bladder such as a large kidney stone. It is usually placed by a radiologist with the aid of xray equipment. Bleeding may occur during placement and if left for a long period of time, the tube may become infected. ...Read more

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What kind of urine drainage would I use for my nephrostomy tube?

What kind of urine drainage would I use for my nephrostomy tube?

A drainage bag.: A nephrostomy tube is placed through the skin of the flank, to drain urine from the kidney. This is usually due to some kind of obstruction of the kidney or ureter. This tube leads out and drains to a drainage bag. Several types of bags exist, usually with a "luer-lock" connector that fastens to the tube. Other bags used by interventional radiology such as bile bags may be used. ...Read more

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Had a Nephrostomy tube and stent placed on Thursday. The site is still pussing. Is that normal? Not tons.

Pus: I am assuming you notice a discharge from your PCN site. Sounds like a site infection if truly it is pus. Best to get the site examined and if there is a exit site infection local therapy may be needed. Not usual to have pus from the exit site. ...Read more

Nephrostomy (Definition)

An opening created through skin going to kidney so the urine can be drained when there is blockage and urine can pass normally. ...Read more