Do I need follow-up care after ureteroplasty?

Follow-up is necessary after every surgery so that the doctor can check how well your recovery is going and evaluate the success of your surgery.

Follow-up is necessary after an ureteroplasty procedure and it is important to schedule the appointments as your doctor recommends to make sure the stricture was fixed correctly and has healed well. The exact follow-up schedule will be determined based on what is noted at the first follow-up appointment, however, patients are seen every three to six months in their first year after surgery.

  • Your first follow-up should take place 1 or 2 weeks after the surgery. Your sutures or staples will be removed during the follow-up appointment. Generally, the first follow-up appointment generally involves patients getting a cystoscopy. The exact follow-up schedule will be determined based on the first follow-up appointment.
  • The stent will be removed at the next follow-up appointment which will take place approximately 4 weeks after the surgery.
  • An imaging test should be taken approximately 3 months after the intervention to check that the ureter is open and the kidney is working normally.
  • Patients are seen every three to six months in their first year after surgery.

You should contact your doctor or the hospital any time before the scheduled follow-up visit if you develop urinary burning, belly or kidney pain that won’t go away with pain medicine, or notice the wound starts to bleed or leak transparent fluid, or it hurts.


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