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Open Ureteral Reimplantation

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(Open Ureterectomy with Reimplantation)


What to Expect

Prior to Procedure

  • The doctor may need pictures of your urinary tract.
  • Blood and urine tests may be done. Theses test will show how well the kidneys are working.
  • Talk to the doctor about any medicines you are taking:
    • Do not take any new medicines, herbs, or supplements without talking to the doctor.
    • You may be asked to stop taking some medicines up to one week before the procedure, like anti-inflammatory drugs, blood thinners, and anti-platelet drugs
  • Arrange for a ride home from the hospital.
  • The night before surgery, you should eat a light meal. You should not eat or drink anything after midnight unless told otherwise by the doctor.


General anesthesia may be used. It will be given through a vein in the arm or hand. You will be asleep through the procedure.
A spinal block may be used. This is an anesthesia injected into the spine. It will block pain below your waist.

Description of the Procedure

An incision will be made in the abdomen. A series of incisions and stitches will be used to realign the ureter. The doctor will choose a method based on your specific condition. The incision in the abdomen will be closed with dissolvable stitches. A bandage will be placed over the incision.
A tube will be placed into the bladder. This will allow urine to drain while your bladder heals.

Immediately After Procedure

After the operation, you will be taken to the recovery room for observation.

How Long Will It Take?

Two to three hours

How Much Will It Hurt?

Anesthesia prevents pain during surgery. There may be some pain as you recover. You may also have some cramping in your bladder. The doctor will give you medication to help manage any discomfort.

Average Hospital Stay

The usual length of stay is two to four days. You may need to stay longer if there are any complications.

Post-procedure Care

At the Hospital
  • You will receive fluids and medicines through an IV.
  • Urine will drain through the tube into a bag. The urine may have blood in it for the first few days.
  • After surgery, images will be taken to make sure the ureter is in the correct place.
At Home
When you return home, take these steps:
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Follow the doctor’s instructions on cleaning the incision site.
  • Ask the doctor about when it is safe for you to shower, bathe, or soak in water.
  • Ask the doctor when you can resume normal activities.
Be sure to follow the doctor’s instructions.


American Academy of Pediatrics

American Urological Association

National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse



Canadian Paediatric Society

Canadian Urological Association

Health Canada



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