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.