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Kidney - Ureter Issues
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Kidney - Ureter Issues

My grandson has a stent in place from his kidney(his only kidney) to his bladder (which is really made from part of his large intestine). We just found out that this procedure is NOT working. He has a nephrostomy tube in his kidney as well right now and continues to go back every week to check to see if the kidney is still draining from the ureter in to his holding tank (bladder was removed because of disfunction several years ago). My grandson has been using a catheter to drain his urine every 2 - 3 hours around the clock. What can doctors do keep this kidney functioning... to prolong his life? The doctors are conversing among themselves about a possible sugery to remove his ureter and transplant a made from intestine ureter. How effective is this and what are the risks involved in a procdeure like this? I am anxiously waiting to hear back. Thank you in advance!
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I cannot comment on the efficacy as it would depend on the patient, severity and situation.

However, given the fact that the symptoms are refractory to more conservative therapy, surgery is a reasonable option.

The risks with any surgery would include bleeding and infection.  Scarring to the ureter can also occur, which would further impede kidney function.

These questions should be discussed with his personal urologist.

Followup with your personal physician is essential.

This answer is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice - the information presented is for patient education only. Please see your personal physician for further evaluation of your individual case.

Kevin, M.D.
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