Interventional Radiology at Union Hospital, Dover Ohio

Nephrostomy Tube / Ureterial Tube Placement

Why a Nephrostomy Tube/Ureterial Tube Placement?

Interventional Radiology team at work.
Interventional Radiology team at work.

Ureters (tubes) in the body carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder. They can become blocked, either because of kidney stones or something pressing on the ureter and stopping the urine flow. This can cause urine to build up in the kidney which could cause damage to the kidney. A Nephrostomy Tube or Ureterial Tube Placement can help restore the flow of urine from the kidneys to the bladder. A Nephrostomy Tube allows the urine to drain outside the body into a drainage bag. A Ureterial Tube acts like a tunnel for the urine to bypass the blockage and empty into the bladder.

What will happen?

Tube (stent) that is placed in the ureter.
Tube (stent) that is placed in the ureter.

The patient will report to the Outpatient Surgery/Endoscopy Department first, receive a gown and start an IV. The patient will be brought to the Radiology Department where the procedure will be explained and any questions answered. The patient will lie on their stomach on the X-ray table, connected to the heart monitor and medication given through an IV. Guided by an Ultrasound machine the location of the kidney is determined and the area is prepped and numbed with a local anesthetic. The doctor will use a small needle to gain access to the kidney. Through a series of exchanges the Nephrostomy tube is placed in the kidney. If a ureteral stent is needed it will be placed at this time. A dressing is applied at the skin entry site. And the procedure is complete.

Will it hurt?

The patient may feel a bee sting when the doctor numbs the entry site and some pushing at the entry site when tube is put in place.

When can I get back to my normal activity?

This is variable depending on your condition, normally you will be observed in the hospital for a few hours. The doctor or nurse will let you know for sure.

When do I get my results?

The doctor will be able to tell you and your family the results as soon as the procedure is finished.

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