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What is the definition or description of: ureteroscopy?

What is the definition or description of: ureteroscopy?

Visualizes ureter.: A ureteroscopy is performed in the operating room with general or spinal anesthesia to inspect the ureter for tumor or stones. A small, flexible, fiberoptic ureteroscope is introduced into the bladder, through the ureteral orifice, then up the ureter toward the kidney. A camera captures the image and displays it on a screen for the surgeon. ...Read more

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Dr. James Krick
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Ureteroscopy (Definition)

A ureteroscopy is performed in the operating room with general or spinal anesthesia to inspect the ureter for tumor or stones. A small, flexible, fiberoptic ureteroscope is introduced into the bladder, through the ureteral orifice, then up the ureter toward the kidney. A camera captures the image and displays it on a ...Read more


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Is a ureteroscopy considered surgery?

Is a ureteroscopy considered surgery?

Yes: Although this doesn't require that anyone use a scalpel and cut something, many consider the process surgery. If you consider that it is often done in a surgical suite or procedures room, under local or general anesthesia, with all the drapes and sterile equipment, it fits the same general pattern. ...Read more

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Ureteroscopy done but no kidney found, what the recovery time?

Ureteroscopy done but no kidney found, what the recovery time?

Is question correct: Presume you mean that no kiney stone was found at ureteroscopy. Because kidneys are usually first identified by ultrasound or ct. Recovery time from ureteroscopy is usually no more than a day or two, unless ureter or kidey was puntured. ...Read more

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Why do some patients need to be hospitalized after getting a ureteroscopy?

Many reasons: Ureteroscopy can cause post procedure pain, ureteral spasms and some patients have an infection which requires IV antibiotics. ...Read more

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How long does the ureteroscopy take?

A few mionutes: A ureteroscopy would be in addition to a cystoscopy - either usually only require a few minutes to accomplish. ...Read more

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What is the process for a ureteroscopy?

What is the process for a ureteroscopy?

Several steps.: A ureteroscopy is performed in the or with general or spinal anesthesia to inspect the ureter for tumor or stones. For stones, general anesthesia is preferred so that your breath can be held during treatment. You are on your back, in lithotomy position, & a ureteroscope is introduced into the bladder, then up the ureter toward the kidney. Sometimes after the procedure, a ureteral stent is placed. ...Read more

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Where do I go to get an ureteroscopy done?

Where do I go to get an ureteroscopy done?

Urology: A urologist will do this. Often in an operating room suite. ...Read more

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What can I expect during and after a ureteroscopy?

Pain: You should be under anesthesia for ureteroscopy, so you shouldn't feel anything during the procedure. Afterwards, you will likely have a ureteral stent in place to prevent spasm or swelling from obstructing the flow of urine down the ureter. The stent can cause discomfort or pain. Your urologist will likely give you medication for pain and possibly for bladder spasms. ...Read more

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How much does it hurt after a ureteroscopy and for how long?

Variable: Most common symptoms after ureteroscopy are urgency (sensation to void), frequency (need to void often), burning, and pain/pressure over the bladder and sometimes the flank region (back) of the side operated on, especially with voiding. Many of the symptoms are from a stent that is temporarily placed to help drainage. Symptoms usually last until the stent is removed, maybe few days longer. ...Read more

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Where is an ureteroscopy usually done? At a hospital?

Hospital or Clinic: A ureteroscopy is usually performed by a urologist. A urologist can perform the procedure in the operating room of a hospital. A urology clinic/center may be equipped to perform ureteroscopies on site as well because it is usually an outpatient procedure. ...Read more