laparoscopic ureteric reimplantation
The ureter is a tube that is between the kidney and the bladder. It allows urine to pass down to the bladder.
Laparoscopic procedures is done by using small incisions and specialized tools. This helps in avoiding large incisions that are needed with open surgery. Reasons for the surgery may include:
Some ureters are not positioned correctly in the bladder. This can make it difficult for urine to pass into the bladder. Ureteral reimplantation may be done to reposition ureters that:
- Are making urine to flow back into the ureters and kidneys—vesicoureteral reflux
- Were damaged due to surgery or trauma
A few small cuts will be made in your abdomen. Specialized tools will be inserted through the incisions/cuts. A series of incisions and stitches are used to realign the ureter. The method that is used will be based on your specific condition. Once the tools are removed, the incisions in the abdomen will be closed with stitches. Bandages may be placed over the incisions.
Surgery may take upto 2 to 3 hours. After the operation, the patient will be taken to the recovery room for observation.
At the Hospital
- You will be received fluids and medications through an IV.
- Urine will be drained through the tube into a bag. The urine may have blood in it for the first few days.
Certain physical activities will be limited in the first few weeks such as heavy lifting or sexual activity.