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Well im 23 weeks pregnant just had surgery for a stent on monday because with the baby my uterus is pushing agenst my kidney and making it swell if i didnt have this stent in i would not only loose my kidney but may also have had a miscarriage. Now the doc said it would help the pain but sense monday its just the same...if this stent doesnt help the swelling ill have to have a drainage bag in my kidney has anyone ever heard of this or has had this?? I would love to hear some stories and make me feel less alone and scared for my childs life!
Many women have mild blockage of the ureter from a baby in the uterus. It rarely requires "unblocking" with a stent or a tube in the kidney (called a nephrostomy tube). Pregnant women can also get a kidney stone, and because of the desire to not use x-rays in a pregnant woman, it can sometimes be hard to diagnose, so if you had severe pain, it may be that you have a kidney stone. A stent relieves the pressure int he kidney, but it can be uncomfortable also. A nephrostomy is less uncomfortable, but has the disadvantage of sticking out of your body and draining to a bag.
You are not going to lose your kidney, and most most women who have these tubes or stents have normal, healthy babies.
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