Open Ureterolithotomy

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
    • Bruising
    • 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.

  • Definition

    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.

    The Urinary Tract
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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

  • Possible Complications

    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
    • Infection
    • Excess bleeding
    • Heart attack or stroke
    • Blood clots
    • Death

    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

    • Bowel complications:

      • 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
    • Hernia

    Smoking may increase your risk of complications.

    Talk to your doctor about these risks before the procedure.