There are certain precautions to be observed with respect to taking certain types of medication. When a ureteroscopy is scheduled, the following precautions are advisable:
Any medication being taken whether allopathic or in any other form should be disclosed to the doctor in full detail.
Aspirin in any form should be discontinued.
Cardiac medicine should be taken in consultation with the physician.
Insulin or any other medicine for diabetics should be discontinued for a week before the ureteroscopy, if possible.
One should try to avoid taking any arthritis medication a week before the surgery.
The patient should visit the doctor a few days before the surgery to know what precautions to take and what to expect.
The patient should maintain a healthy and balanced diet for as long as possible before the procedure to maintain good health.
The patient’s medical history should be studied thoroughly before the ureteroscopy in order to check whether the patient has any other medical conditions which could interfere with the surgical procedures.
The patient should take complete rest for at least 24 hours after the operation.
During the 24 hours rest period, the patient should not drive or undergo any undue physical exertion.
The doctor will explain to the patient about the restrictions regarding physical activity.
There will be discomfort in the form of a burning sensation in the urinary tract but it can be reduced by drinking large quantities of water.
The patient should take the prescribed medication regularly after the surgery.
Excessive bleeding or pain should be brought to the notice of the doctor.
The recovery time from a ureteroscopy varies from patient to patient which may range from 2 days to a week. The patient is usually kept in the recovery room for about one hour. Even though there is discomfort during the recovery period, the patient usually feels less discomfort than the pain caused by the kidney stones previously.
There may be burning in the urine which may have a pinkish coloration for the recovery period. However, during this time any blood clots in the urine should be reported to the physician. If a stent has been fitted, then additional discomfort may be felt, but care should be taken not to dislodge the stent. The removal of the stent is a simple procedure, done during a regular visit to the doctor.
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