Ureteric Stent Removal under Local Anaesthetic – Discharge Advice

  • Reference Number: HEY-654/2018
  • Departments: Urology

Introduction

This leaflet has been produced to give you general information about your removal of ureteric stent.  Most of your questions should be answered by this leaflet.  It is not intended to replace the discussion between you and your doctor, but may act as a starting point for discussion.  If after reading it you have any concerns or require further explanation, please discuss this with a member of the healthcare team caring for you.

What are the risks following the removal of my ureteric stent?

Common (greater than 1 in 10)

  • Mild burning or bleeding on passing urine for a short period

Occasional (between 1 in 10 people and 1 in 50 people may experience)

  • Infection requiring antibiotics

Rare (less than 1 in 50 people may experience)

  • Delayed bleeding requiring removal of clots or further surgery
  • Injury to the urethra causing scar formation

What can I expect when I get home?

  • Unless otherwise advised by your doctor, you are advised to drink more fluids than usual over the next 2 – 3 days (2 – 3 litres per day)
  • You may see blood in your urine (a pale pink colour); this is normal and should clear within 2 – 3 days
  • You may feel slight pain in your lower tummy for a few days. It may also burn and sting slightly when you pass urine. Some simple pain relief such as paracetamol should relieve these symptoms.
  • You should avoid strenuous activities or heavy lifting for a few days

Contact your GP if:

  • Your bleeding does not become less or gets worse after three days
  • You experience difficulty or are unable to pass urine
  • Your urine becomes smelly and/or cloudy, or if you experience pain in your kidneys
  • You experience flu like symptoms a few days after your procedure

Should you require further advice on the issues contained in this leaflet, please do not hesitate to contact the Department of Urology on telephone number (01482) 623015.