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Why do dr's put stents in after surgery for kidney stones?

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Old 10-02-2003, 09:51 PM   #1
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Post Why do dr's put stents in after surgery for kidney stones?

HI! Guys. I have kind of a crazy question. I just had surgery on my second Kidney stone and had a uroscopy done on it and of course I have had the stent in for 5 days now. This thing is the most uncomfortable thing ever. I have to pee every 5 minutes. Each time I get up to do anything here I go again to the bathroom. I have been so grouchy with this thing in me. Anyway, Why do the doctors have to put this thing in after surgery? All it does is make you use the bathroom every 5 minutes.

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Old 10-03-2003, 05:43 AM   #2
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I agree with you concerning the discomfort of the stent. My urine looked like Fruit Punch with all the blood, and it burned like crazy each time I went to the bathroom. My urologist said they place the stents in to keep the ureter open following surgury. Without one there is a chance the ureter will go into a spasim which is almost as painful as the stone was.

Old 10-03-2003, 09:12 PM   #3
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I have had it both ways after stone removal. With and without stents. I don't know what makes the dr's decide to put them in, but I do agree, they are not comfortable.

Old 10-09-2003, 09:59 AM   #4
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Hi, I had them with and without too. The first time I had one it I never even felt it but this past Dec I had one in and it was a killer stent. It hurt worse than the stone did. I had bladder spasms too. My doctor gave me some medcine so I didn't have them and it helped alot. It got really irriated so I know how it can be bothersome to say the least. My doctor said it was used so the stone fragments can pass out easlier without getting stuck and stop up your tube.
I had my stent in for a month or two I believe it was.
I didn't find anything that that really helped the pain of the stent. Hope this helps a little.

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I had a stent put in once when I had to have an emergency hysterectomy before having Lithrotripsy a few weeks later. I thought I'd die when the Urologist pulled the stent out. It seemed like he was pulling on it forever til he was done. I had to pee right away and it's a good thing he was wearing this thick, plastic (?) apron or he would have been peed on. lol. I hope my current Urologist will NEVER need to put one in again. Maybe mine doesn't b/c he retrieves the pieces right after surgery with a basket.

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