Quick Answer: What Can I Expect After A Kidney Stent?

What are the side effects of a kidney stent?

a slight risk of episodes of incontinence (leaking of urine).

These side effects are usually due to the stent being inside the bladder and causing irritation.

They will disappear when the stent is removed.

Stents can cause discomfort and pain in the bladder, kidneys, groin, urethra and the genitals..

How long does kidney stent pain last?

You may also have “achy” pain due to ureteral spasms. This generally only last a few hours, but should resolve over the next 2-3 days. Sometimes, mild discomfort can last up to 2 weeks. You may also have burning with urination, with urinary frequency as well.

Is it painful to remove kidney stent?

Mean pain during stent removal was 4.8 out of 10 with 57% reporting moderate-to-severe pain levels of 4 or more. Removal by office cystoscopy resulted in the highest experienced pain (5.3). Thirty-two percent reported delayed severe pain after stent removal, including 9% who returned for emergency care.

How long can a kidney stent stay in?

In the majority of patients, the stents are required for only a short duration, from a few weeks to a few months. However, a stent in the right position can stay in for up to three months without the need to replace it. When the underlying problem is not a kidney stone, the stent can stay even longer.

How serious is having a stent put in?

About 1% to 2% of people who have a stent may get a blood clot where the stent is placed. This can put you at risk for a heart attack or stroke. Your risk of getting a blood clot is highest during the first few months after the procedure.

Can a kidney stent be permanent?

Due to an outside force putting pressure on the ureter by a tumor or other growth: Up to 3 months, and depending on if the growth will be removed, a stent can be left in place for years. However, stents must be changed on a regular basis of every 3-4 months.

Can a kidney stent make you tired?

Sometimes side effects associated with a stent can make you feel more tired than normal. You can continue to work normally with the stent inside your body. However, if the work involves lot of physical activities, you may experience more discomfort.

Does kidney stent removal require anesthesia?

Most patients tolerate having the stent removed using only a topical anesthetic placed in the urethra. Immediately before the procedure, sterile lubrication containing local anesthetic (lidocaine) is instilled into the urethra.

How do you relieve pain from a stent?

A medication called Pyridium can help control stent pain. It is taken 3 times a day and should not be taken for more than 3 consecutive days. A side effect of this medication is the urine becoming a bright orange/red color.

Do and don’ts after stent?

Don’t lift heavy objects. Avoid strenuous exercise. Avoid sexual activity for a week. Wait at least a week before swimming or bathing.

What happens if you leave a kidney stent in too long?

If left in place for too long, a stent can become encrusted with a “crystal” (stone-like) coating on its surface. This does not normally cause problems although it may worsen some urinary side-effects (especially pain & bleeding).

Can a stent damage your ureter?

The use of ureteral stents is associated with some complications (1, 2, 4, 6). The major complication during ureteral stenting includes increased rates of urinary tract infection (2-4).