Use of kidney stents after bilateral ureteral reimplantation

A stent is an internal drainage tube which is placed in the ureter, between the kidney and the bladder.

Stents are commonly inserted during ureteral re-implantation surgery to avoid obstruction of the ureters following ureteral reimplantation surgery.

In my daughter’s case, stents remained in place for 6 weeks following surgery.

Stents irritate the bladder and can cause bladder spasms as well. The severity of the bladder spasms caused by kidney stents was mild in my daughter’s case compared to the bladder spasms from the ureteral reimplantation operation.

My daughter experienced some lower back pain while the stents were in place. The pain usually would not last long and did not happen very often. Constipation seemed to make things worse.

Kidney stents also can make the bladder overactive, which translates into bed wetting at night or urgency to go to the toilet, both of which my daughter experienced.

Kidney stents removal

The removal of kidney stents is an easy procedure, particularly in girls because their urethra is short. Kidney stents are typically removed 5 or 6 weeks after the operation. The procedure is done under general anesthesia.

In 1 in 50 cases some bacteria may get into the bladder and cause high temperature on the days after the removal of the kidney stents. We were advised to go back into casualty if that happened so that she could be admitted into hospital straight away. Fortunately all went well and the day after the procedure we went back home.

See also a personal account of ureteral re-implantation surgery on a 6 year old: Diagnosis, surgery, postoperative bladder spasms and recovery.

If you’re reading this because your child is suffering bladder spasms after surgery, feel free to share your experience with the rest of us, ask questions or contribute some tips for coping with bladder spasms on our Yahoo! support group for ureteral reimplantation. To participate in the group you’ll need to join first but if you would only like to browse you can do so without joining.

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9 thoughts on “Use of kidney stents after bilateral ureteral reimplantation

  1. Sudev . D. Anish, all the symptoms you mention in your comment are pretty normal after the operation. My daughter had to pee very often and she had pain for the first two weeks. The pain was worse at night.

  2. My 2year old son underwent bilateral uretric reimplantation Cohens Cross Trigonal procedure.we stayed in Hospital 10 days after the surgery.blader spasms,urinating blood,leaking of blood from the incision.pain relief with cyclopalm syrup&paracitamol syrup.after we reach home he feel better but urinating with pain every 15 minutes. i hope that it is just post operative symtom and it cure for a little period of time…..thank u all….

  3. My 2year old son underwent bilateral uretric reimplantation Cohens Cross Trigonal procedure.we stayed in Hospital 10 days after the surgery.blader spasms,urinating blood,leaking of blood from the incision.pain relief with cyclopalm syrup&paracitamol syrup.after we reach home he feel better but urinating with pain every 15 minutes. i hope that it is just post operative symtom and it cure for a little period of time…..thank u all….

  4. Hi, I am writing to get as prepared as possible for my son’s upcoming surgery. He is 3 and he is having bilateral ureteral reimplantation done. I am extremely scared about what is going to happen to him. He is very hyperactive so I was wondering if any other parents experienced this. Any information would be helpful and greatly appreciated. Thanks and best wishes.

    Randi

  5. my son aged 4 has just had stents fitted and i have been told they will be in for 6 months
    He has hydronemthosis and thickening of bladder. He is in a lot of pain 4 days after surgery and is still urinating blood. I was never told by the hospital about the bladder spasms

    thanks A

  6. I just had bilateral ureteral stent placement 4 days ago and I’m still experiencing severe bladder spasms. I can also feel the stents as it’s cramping my lower back. I’m also 21 weeks pregnant so the pressure is that much more intense. The only thing I do when I use the toilet is take deep breaths and try to stay relaxed. I agree with the above response..it’s certainly an eye opener to someone who normally tolerates pain.

  7. Thank you for your feedback Mom2two. Since the operation, my daughter can’t stand pain. She woke up a couple of weeks ago with a sore throat and she was inconsolable, like she had terrible pain. I think she’s become scared of pain. She’d never done that before. I hope she gets over it eventually without the need for professional help. I suppose it’s only been 3 months since the ordeal.

  8. Well written. We had the exact same experience. My daughter NEVER complains about pain and she was in terrible pain after this surgery. She was seven when she had it done. The only thing that helped was ibuprofen and sitz baths.

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