Ureteral Stent Placement
Ureteral stents are small plastic tubes that lie between the kidney and the bladder and are placed to relieve kidney obstruction due to stones, strictures, or tumors.
During this procedure, a scope is placed into the bladder and the opening to the appropriate kidney is identified. Often, a small catheter is placed into the ureter and contrast is injected into the ureter and kidney to evaluate the anatomy of the kidney and ureter. A guidewire is then placed into the ureter and kidney and over the guidewire, the stent is placed and the wire removed. The position of the stent is verified with x-ray and the procedure is concluded.