Experience advanced and minimally invasive Ureteroscopy (URS) at Apex Hospitals.
Trust the skilled team at Apex Hospitals to perform Ureteroscopy (URS), a cutting-edge procedure for precisely diagnosing and treating urinary tract conditions. With state-of-the-art technology and experienced urologists, we ensure optimal outcomes and faster patient recovery times.
Ureteroscopy (URS) involves using a small, flexible scope called a ureteroscope. This instrument is inserted through the urethra, passing through the bladder and into the ureter, allowing for the diagnosis and treatment of various urinary tract issues, such as stones. The procedure often enables the removal of stones without the need for surgical incisions.
The procedure is commonly performed with the patient under general anaesthesia, ensuring they are asleep and comfortable throughout. During the procedure, a ureteroscope is carefully inserted through the urethra and into the bladder. From there, it is guided into either the ureter or the kidney itself. To aid in visualization and ruling out any additional abnormalities, X-ray images with a contrast agent may be used.
The ureteroscope is a slender instrument equipped with a small fibre optic camera at its tip. This camera lets the urologist obtain a clear view beyond the bladder and into the ureters or kidneys. Once the stone is precisely located, it can be directly grasped and removed using a specialized tool called a "stone basket." Alternatively, a laser may fragment the stone into smaller pieces, which are then extracted using the basket.
What to expect after the procedure?
Sometimes, a temporary stent may be placed in the ureter to assist with urine flow after the procedure, particularly if swelling is expected. This stent helps maintain proper urine drainage to the bladder. Following the surgery, you may have a urine catheter in place. This catheter is a small tube inserted through the urethra and into the bladder to facilitate urine drainage. Additionally, you may have an infusion to help regulate your body fluid levels.
Depending on the Apex Hospital's protocol, you will either be taken to the recovery room or your assigned room after the treatment. Your blood pressure, heart rate, and pain levels will be regularly monitored throughout your stay. Feel free to inquire with your nurse about visiting hours for your friends and relatives. The urine catheter and/or stent are typically removed shortly after the procedure, provided that you can effectively empty your bladder and do not exhibit signs of fever or excessive pain.
You may experience mild to moderate pain in the lower abdomen and a frequent urge to urinate. These symptoms are commonly associated with the presence of the catheter and/or stent. Medications can alleviate these symptoms, so don't hesitate to ask for them.
- It is normal to experience discomfort at the site where the ureteroscope was inserted, but this should subside within a few days. To alleviate any discomfort, local anaesthesia may be administered.
- Infections of the urinary tract are uncommon, as antibiotics are typically prescribed to prevent such complications.
- In rare cases, long-term complications may include ureteral spasms, which occur in less than one percent of patients.
At Apex Hospitals, Jaipur, Rajasthan, we prioritize your comfort and well-being. Our team of highly skilled professionals will provide you with personalized care throughout your Ureteroscopy procedure. Trust us to deliver exceptional medical services in a compassionate environment.