Mr Thyer offers specialist management of prostate cancer.
Mr Thyer has a special interest in robotic and laparoscopic surgery for prostate and kidney cancer but also performs surgery for many other urological conditions.
The ureter is the tube that transports urine from the kidney in the upper abdomen to the bladder in the pelvis. A ureteric stent is a hollow flexible plastic tube placed within the ureter to ensure that the ureter remains patent. There is a curl on each end of the stent. The upper end curls in the kidney and the lower end in the bladder. This procedure is most commonly performed for a ureteric or kidney stone but may also be performed for any other cause of blockage to the ureter.
Ten days prior to the procedure you should have your blood and urine test.
Notify Mr Thyer’s rooms if you are:
Note: A ureteric stent is often placed in the acute setting so the above instructions will not be applicable to all patients.
On arrival at hospital you will be prepared for theatre by nursing staff. Mr Thyer will see you just prior to being taken into the operating theatre. You will require a general anaesthetic of approximately 15 minutes. Mr Thyer will introduce a cystoscope into your bladder via the urethra. No skin incision is required. The ureteric stent will be fed along a thin flexible wire until it is sitting in the correct position in the ureter. Following the procedure, the ward nurse will check you have passed urine then you will be sent home usually the same day but an overnight stay is occasionally required particularly if there is suspected infection or poor kidney function.
You should take laxatives, drink plenty of water and avoid heavy lifting for 3 weeks following the procedure. Mr Thyer’s rooms will contact you to arrange follow up.
Following the procedure, you should contact Mr Thyer if you: