How is ureteral stenosis treated?

Treatment may include:

  1. Laparoscopic or robotic surgery.
  2. Endoscopy to cut through the blockage, sometimes using a balloon to dilate the ureter.
  3. Percutaneous nephrostomy, a needle inserted through the back into the kidney to drain urine.
  4. Ureteral stent to drain urine from the kidney to the bladder, bypassing the stricture.

What causes narrowing of the ureter?

A ureteral stricture frequently results from a buildup of scar tissue or inflammation around the ureter, often due to an external traumatic injury or as a complication of a previous surgery, such as a procedure to manage kidney stones or surgeries that affect the area surrounding the ureters, including gynecologic or …

What are the signs and symptoms of ureter?

Symptoms of a blocked ureter or urinary tract obstruction include:

  • Pain in your abdomen, lower back or sides below your ribs (flank pain).
  • Fever, nausea or vomiting.
  • Difficulty urinating or emptying your bladder.
  • Frequent urination.
  • Recurring urinary tract infections (UTI).
  • Urine that is bloody or cloudy.

Can ureteral stricture heal itself?

Most of the time, it is a permanent cure. We perform a urethroplasty by removing the part of the urethra with the stricture and scar tissue. If it is a long stricture, we may also add new tissue, such as a graft from the mouth (a buccal mucosal graft) or a flap of skin to help reshape urethra.

How do you know if you have a narrow urethra?

Incomplete bladder emptying. Spraying of the urine stream. Difficulty, straining or pain when urinating. Increased urge to urinate or more-frequent urination.

How do you unblock your ureter?


  1. A ureteral stent, a hollow tube inserted inside the ureter to keep it open.
  2. Percutaneous nephrostomy, during which your doctor inserts a tube through your back to drain the kidney directly.
  3. A catheter, a tube inserted through the urethra to connect the bladder to an external drainage bag.

Where do you feel ureter pain?

The most common symptom of a kidney or ureter stone is pain. You might feel pain in your lower abdomen or your flank, which is the area of your back just under your ribs. The pain can be mild and dull, or it can be excruciating. The pain may also come and go and radiate to other areas.

Do urethral strictures get worse?

Bleeding from the urethra means that the scar was torn and the stricture will soon recur and result in worsened stricture length and density. Overall, long-term success is poor and recurrence rates high. Once interval dilatation is discontinued, the stricture will recur.

Does the urethra narrow with age?

Age-related changes in the urethra In women, the urethra shortens and its lining becomes thinner. These changes in the urethra decrease the ability of the urinary sphincter to close tightly, increasing the risk of urinary incontinence .