Open Ureteral Reimplantation

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.

  • Call Your Doctor

    Call your doctor if any of these occur:

    • Difficulty urinating
    • Excess bleeding
    • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
    • Pus or bad smelling fluids draining from the incision site
    • Redness or swelling at the incision site
    • Urine that smells bad
    • Pain that cannot be controlled with the medicines the doctor prescribed
    • Nausea and/or vomiting that you cannot control with the medicines the doctor prescribed

    If you think you are having an emergency, call for medical help right away.

  • Definition

    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.

    The Urinary Tract
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  • What to Expect

  • Reasons for Procedure

    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:

    • Are causing urine to flow back into the ureters and kidneys—known as vesicoureteral reflux (VUR)
    • Were damaged due to trauma or surgery

  • Possible Complications

    If you are having this procedure, the doctor will review a list of possible complications. Possible complications with any surgery include:

    • Excess bleeding
    • Adverse reaction to anesthesia, including, light-headedness, low blood pressure, and wheezing
    • Infection
    • Soreness in throat
    • Nausea and vomiting

    Possible complications due to ureteral reimplantation include:

    • Bladder spasms
    • Cramping
    • Difficulty urinating

    Talk to the doctor about these risks before the procedure.