This surgery repairs a blockage where the ureter connects to the kidney. This area is known as
the UPJ or ur-e-ter-o-pel-vic junction. After the blockage is removed and the ureter is repaired, a
small tube called a stent is left in place to aid healing. This surgery can be done by laparoscope
or through a larger incision.
Getting Ready for Surgery
You will need to clean stool from your bowel before surgery. We will talk with you
about this prep and give you written details while you are in clinic.
The Day before Surgery
Eat a light breakfast and lunch, avoid greasy foods and red meat.
Drink only clear liquids after lunch up to midnight (no limit on amount).
o Juice without pulp (apple, cranberry, grape
o Hard candy, no chocolate
o Clear Jell-O , homemade, not
premade,(no fruit, etc. in it)
o Sparkling water or soda
o Weak coffee or tea, no creamer
o Gatorade or other sport-type drink
o Boost Breeze®/Resource®
After lunch, do not eat solid food, or drink juice with pulp, dairy products or alcohol.
_____ At 2:00 pm drink magnesium citrate 10 oz. (1 entire bottle; any flavor). Drink 1 liter of
a sport-type drink, for the electrolytes, before midnight (Gatorade®). After this, you may drink
as much clear liquid as you wish until midnight.
Shower before bed with antibacterial soap.
Do Not Eat or Drink after Midnight.
The day of surgery shower with the antibacterial soap before you leave for the hospital.
You will be in the hospital for 2-3 days.
You will go home with the stent in place. This is the same type of stent you had before
surgery. The stent will stay in for 6 weeks. You will be on antibiotics during this time.
You may continue to have blood in your urine. This is normal.
1. You may shower once you are home. Do not soak in a hot tub, bathtub, or swim until it is
healed. This may be at least 2 weeks.
2. Wear a Band-Aid if your incision is draining, rubbing on your clothes, or is in a skin fold.
Change the Band-Aid at least once each day. Change it more often if it gets wet. Do not
use lotion, powder, or ointment on your incision.
3. Look at your incision daily. If you notice signs of infection call your doctor.
Increasing redness or warmth
Pus-like drainage or blood
Temperature by mouth above 100.4 θF for 2 readings, taken 4 hours apart
You may have pain for 1-3 weeks. Pain pills will be ordered for you.
You will go home on a regular diet. It is important to drink plenty of fluids, 8-10 (8 oz.)
glasses a day. A diet with enough fiber and water may prevent constipation.
Do not lift more than 10 pounds for 4 weeks.
Avoid strenuous activity until okayed by your doctor.
You may drive after 2 weeks.
Talk to your urology doctor before going back to work.
You will have a follow-up visit in about 6 weeks. Your stent will be taken out at this
When to Call the Doctor
Temperature greater than 100.4○ F by mouth for 2 readings taken 4 hours apart
Pain not controlled by pain pills
Nausea or vomiting that does not go away
Low amount of urine or trouble passing urine
Severe burning with urination
Bloody urine that you cannot see through or large blood clots
Redness or warmth at your incision that is getting worse
Pus or excess blood from the incision(s)
If you have not had a bowel movement 3-4 days after surgery
UW Health Urology 608-263-4757
UW Health at The American Center Urology 608-440-6464
UW Health One South Park Urology 608-287-2900
After Hours, Nights, Weekends, and Holidays, the clinic number is answered by the paging
operator. Ask for the Urology Doctor on call. Leave your name and phone number with the area
code. The doctor will call you back.
Toll Free: 1-844-607-4800
Your urology doctor is _________________
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