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How is the procedure performed?
This is normally performed under a brief general anaesthetic via a telescope passed into the bladder. A guidewire is inserted into the ureteric opening in the bladder and, using X-ray screening, is passed up into the kidney.
A ureteric stent (pictured above) is then pushed into the correct position and the guidewire removed once positioning has been confirmed by X-ray.
Video - Ureteric stent insertion
Features of this video (courtesy of Mr Nigel Bullock)
- Guidewire (pale green) inserted into the ureteric opening
- Stent (pale blue) pushed over the guidewire
- Hollow pusher (white) used to push the stent over the guidewire into the correct position
- Guidewire removed under X-ray control, leaving the stent correctly positioned