What is Ureteric Reimplantation?
Ureteric reimplantation, also known as ureteral reimplantation, is a surgical procedure performed to correct abnormalities or treat conditions affecting the ureters, the tubes that carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder. The procedure involves detaching and reattaching the ureters to the bladder in a new position.
Ureteric reimplantation is commonly used to treat vesicoureteral reflux (VUR), a condition in which urine flows backward from the bladder into the ureters and potentially up to the kidneys. VUR can lead to urinary tract infections and, in severe cases, kidney damage. By reimplanting the ureters into the bladder at a different angle, the surgeon creates a valve-like mechanism that helps prevent the backflow of urine.
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What's the recovery period like?
The recovery period varies, but it often involves a few days in the hospital followed by several weeks of rest and limited activity at home. Pain, discomfort, and fatigue are common during the initial recovery.
Will I experience pain after the surgery?
Yes, pain is common after ureteric reimplantation. Your healthcare team will provide pain management strategies to help you cope with the discomfort.
When can I return to normal activities?
The timeline for resuming normal activities will depend on the extent of the surgery and individual factors. You'll be advised to avoid strenuous activities and heavy lifting for a few weeks. Gradual return to normal activities will be guided by your healthcare provider.
Will I need a catheter or drains after the surgery?
Depending on the surgical technique, you might have a catheter or drains in place to help drain urine from the surgical site. These are usually removed within a few days to a week after surgery.