An open ureterolithotomy is a surgery to remove stones from the ureter. The ureter is a tube between the kidney and the bladder. Urine passes down to the bladder through this tube.
Call Your Doctor
Call your doctor if any of these occur:
- Extreme urge or inability to urinate
- Excess bleeding
- Redness or swelling at the site of the incision
- Pus draining from the site of the incision
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Nausea and/or vomiting that you cannot control with the medicines you were given after the procedure
- Pain that you cannot control with the medicines you have been given
- Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
If you have an emergency, call for medical help right away.
An open ureterolithotomy is a surgery to remove stones from the ureter.
The ureter is a tube between the kidney and the bladder. Urine passes down to the bladder through this tube.
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What to Expect
Reasons for Procedure
Ureterolithotomy is used to remove stones in a ureter that:
- Are too large to pass
- Cause pain or bleeding
- Cause infection
- Block the flow of urine
- Place pressure on the kidney
Problems from this surgery are rare, but all surgeries have some risk. Your doctor will review potential problems. Complications associated with any surgery include:
- Adverse reaction to anesthesia, including light-headedness, low blood pressure, or wheezing
- Excess bleeding
- Heart attack or stroke
- Blood clots
Complications associated with ureterolithotomy include:
- Excess scarring or narrowing in the ureter that can lead to kidney problems
- Failure to remove the kidney stone
Problems urinating such as:
- Urine leaking from the ureter
- Difficulty passing urine, especially in men
- May be blocked or paralyzed after surgery leading to bloating and vomiting
- Scar tissue around bowels that can cause later blockages
- Excess scarring of incision
Smoking may increase your risk of complications.
Talk to your doctor about these risks before the procedure.