Most of the people do not realize that approximately one third of the kidney is hollow inside. This portion is the collecting system. The Kidney stones rest in collecting system till they attempt to pass down through ureter toward bladder. The ureter is a tube that connects a kidney to the bladder.
The Kidney stones that are simply resting within the hollow part of the kidney usually do not cause any pain. But when the stones try to pass down the ureter toward bladder, they can cause pain. Pain occurs when the kidney stone completely or partially blocks the flow of urine from the kidney to the bladder. This happens where the kidney meets the ureter or at the point along the course of ureter. The pressure increases upstream from the point of the obstruction and causes excessive pain. It’s like a running garden hose – if the hose is kinked, then all the pressure builds upstream from the kink. When this happens in ureter and kidney, it results in the severe pain and the spasms known as the “renal colic.”
What Are the Side Effects of the Kidney Stone Stent?
Placing a kidney stone stent in the ureter between the kidney and bladder may cause several side effects. The patients feel the need to urinate frequently and urgently, and even when they do urinate, their bladder may not feel to have completely emptied. Some people might notice blood in the urine or get an infection. The presence of stent could be very noticeable, particularly while exercising or when the patient is in certain position. There can be pain in the kidney, the bladder and the surrounding areas in the abdomen.
The primary side effects of a the kidney stone stent among some, includes changes in the patient’s urination; feeling like urge to urinate more frequently than normal, which may also be very sudden and intense, forcing to rush to the bathroom. Even after they have gone, the bladder may still feel full, causing them to feel as if they need to go again right away.
Another issue that can occur is the blood in urine. This may be due to irritation of the bladder or the kidney by the ends of the stent located inside them. The issue might resolves itself, and can also be helped by increased fluid intake.
A kidney stone stent Infection can be another result. Most of the times, kidney is the location of a stent-related infection.
Feeling the kidney stone stent in the body is also a issue many patients face. Unlike other hardware which is placed in the body, a stent in the ureter is quite noticeable, and most of the patients have a constant awareness of it. Even though it is made to be flexible to move with the body, still certain activities or positions might be uncomfortable for few patients on moving the stent too much.
For many patients with a kidney stone stent, problem of pain also exist. The pain can be local to the kidney and the bladder area, or it could be felt more across the abdomen, side and the back. The pain may worsen after urination or after physical activity. It is sometimes possible that the stent shifts more into the bladder or the kidney, thus irritating either the organ or in extreme cases may lead to punctures.