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Ureteric stent insertion


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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.

Ureteric stent

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