Tests will need to be done before surgery and may include:
- Physical exam
- Blood tests
The bowels will need to be cleaned. To do this, your diet will be limited to clear liquids the night before. Do not eat or drink on the morning of the surgery.
Talk to your doctor about your medicines. You may be asked to stop taking some medicines up to one week before the procedure, like:
- Aspirin or other anti-inflammatory drugs
- Blood thinners, such as clopidogrel (Plavix) or warfarin (Coumadin)
General anesthesia will be given. You will be asleep.Description of Procedure
Pyeloplasty may be conducted by open surgery or laparoscopic surgery .
During open surgery, an incision will be made in your side. The doctor will reconstruct the renal pelvis to remove the blockage. The blocked section of the ureter will be removed. The remaining healthy sections of the ureter will be re-attached. The incision in the skin will then be closed with stitches.
In the laparoscopic version, the doctor will use special tools and tiny incisions. The other steps are the same as the open procedure.
In some surgeries, a temporary tube (stent) may be placed in the ureter to help urine pass.How Long Will It Take?
About 2-3 hoursHow Much Will It Hurt?
Anesthesia will block pain during the surgery. Minor pain following surgery is treated with medicine.Average Hospital Stay
The usual length of stay is 2-3 days. Your doctor may choose to keep you longer if complications arise.Post-procedure Care At the Hospital
You will receive pain medicine to ease discomfort after surgery. You may also have some discomfort while urinating for the first few times following surgery. It is common to feel a frequent need to urinate.At Home
If you are sent home with a drain or catheter, it may be removed one week after surgery. If no catheter was used, a follow-up appointment should be scheduled for 4-6 weeks after surgery.
If you are given antibiotics, you need to take the full course. Do not stop early. Be sure to follow your doctor's instructions .
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