Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
Ureteral reimplantation is surgery to reposition a ureter. The ureter is a tube between the kidney and the bladder. It allows urine to pass down to the bladder.
Some ureters are not positioned correctly in the bladder. This can make it difficult for urine to flow into the bladder. Ureteral reimplantation may be done to reposition ureters that:
If you are having this procedure, the doctor will review a list of possible complications. These may include:
Talk to the doctor about these risks before the procedure.
General anesthesia may be used. It will be given through a vein in the arm or hand. You will be asleep through the procedure.
A spinal block may be used. This is an anesthesia injected into the spine. It will block pain below your waist.
An incision will be made in the abdomen. A series of incisions and stitches will be used to realign the ureter. The method chosen will be based on your specific condition. The incision in the abdomen will be closed with dissolvable stitches. A bandage will be placed over the incision.
A tube will be placed into the bladder. This will allow urine to drain while your bladder heals.
After the operation, you will be taken to the recovery room for observation.
2 to 3 hours
Anesthesia prevents pain during surgery. There may be some pain as you recover. You may also have some cramping in your bladder. The doctor will give you medication to help manage any discomfort.
The usual length of stay is 2 to 4 days. You may need to stay longer if there are any complications.
When you return home, be sure to follow your doctor's instructions.
Call your doctor if any of these occur:
If you think you are having an emergency, call for emergency medical services right away.
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National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse
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Last reviewed March 2016 by Adrienne Carmack, MD
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