The ureters are the tubes that carry urine from your kidneys to your bladder. A ureteric stent is a thin tube that can be placed in the ureter to hold it open.
Sometimes, bladder cancer can block urine (pee) draining from the kidneys through the ureters to the bladder. If this happens, you may:
- have pain or discomfort in your back or side
- have a high temperature (fever)
- feel sick.
Your doctor may suggest an operation to put a stent into one or both ureters. This allows urine to drain from the kidney into the bladder.
Your doctor will tell you if this is a possible treatment for you. This will depend on your general health, as it is done under general anaesthetic using a cystoscope. A cystoscope is a thin tube with a camera and light on the end.
During the surgery, the doctor passes the cystoscope through your urethra and into your bladder. They put the stent (or stents) into the ureters using a thin wire that they pass through the cystoscope.
If it is not possible to put in a stent, you may have a tube put into your kidney (or kidneys) through the skin on your back. This is called a nephrostomy.