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By Dr Sravan Kumar Vemulapalli
Consultant Cardiologist
Published on 21/05/2022
  • Stents are intended to allow patients to live as normally as possible. There might be some possible unintended consequences. Some obstructive factors, as well as any potential side effects. Although they pose no danger to your health or your kidneys.
  • When you are discharged from the hospital, your doctor or healthcare provider should give you a list of instructions on how to care for yourself while you recover. Clarify all your doubts or anything you're not sure about.

  • Tips

    • In addition to your doctor's specific instructions, here are some general guidelines for caring for yourself and your new stent:
    • Allow the insertion site to dry for 24 to 48 hours.
    • Keep an eye out for any kind of infection after the stent insertion. Keep checking out for the area becoming warm or red.
    • Keep checking for any kind of bleeding where the catheter was inserted, as well as any changes in color, pain, or a warm feeling in that area.
    • If you experience bleeding where your catheter was inserted, lie down and apply pressure to the area, seek assistance, and contact your doctor.
    • Consult a doctor if you are experiencing severe or frequent chest pain. It can be some signs of heart disease.
    • Don't lift anything heavy.
    • Strenuous exercise should be avoided.
    • Swimming or bathing should be avoided for at least a week.
    • Do not do smoking for at least 24 hours after the stent placement.
    • Please notify your doctor if you are taking any blood-thinning or anticoagulant medications, as some may need to be discontinued before you go for the procedure.
    • If you intend to return home after the procedure, please consult with your doctor regarding all the post-procedure care routines, what to eat, what not to eat, when to consult, and possible side effects management tips.
  • During your follow-up appointment, your medical team will evaluate your health and incision, and you will receive documents outlining your medical and treatment history.
  • Take your time. Most people require at least a week before they can resume their normal activities. You may require more time if your work is physically demanding or strenuous.
  • If you're feeling down, talk to someone. It is very normal to experience sadness, irritation, or low feeling after a medical procedure. Seek help from family or friends, do not pressurize your mind or your body to carry out some strenuous activity. If you're unsure where to turn, seek advice from your doctor or another member of your care team.

  • Key Points For Living With A Stent

  • Following are some rules to follow after dj stent removal
    • Maintain regular contact with your urologist and make appointments with your doctor.
    • To reduce the risk of infection drink at least 1.5 to 2 liters of water or fluid per day. So that it will reduce infection as well as it will help in lowering the amount of blood in your urine
    • If the pain is extreme and unbearable, ask the advice of your primary care physician or urologist to give pain relievers.
    • If you have a ureteral stent with a thread coming out of it (waterpipe), be careful not to remove the thread.
    • If the doctor has recommended for removal of the stent within four to six months and you have not received notification from your urology department regarding this. Immediately inform your doctor about completing the duration of your stent removal.

    Medication Following Angioplasty and Stenting: It Saves Your Life

  • Blood clots (thrombosis) can form around a stent and block blood flow, or they can break free and cause a blockage elsewhere, resulting in a heart attack or even death. Your doctor will prescribe antiplatelet therapy to prevent this from happening.
  • Patients who receive a bare-metal stent should take aspirin and an antiplatelet medicine for at least a month after the dj stent procedure.
  • Conclusion

  • It is normal to experience some discomfort while wearing a stent. Certain movements may cause pain or necessitate the need to urinate. You may also feel some discomfort or pressure before or during urination. When the stent is removed, these symptoms usually go away.
  • Medication for pain, infection, and/or bladder spasms may be prescribed. Drink plenty of water it will help in flushing out your urinary tract. The presence of blood in the urine is normal and is caused by stent irritation. It may occur intermittently while you have the stent.
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    Citations

    Frequently Asked Questions:

    Ureteral stenting (also known as a double j stent) is a procedure that involves temporarily inserting a thin, flexible plastic tube into the ureter to help urine drain from the kidney into the bladder.

    The duration for keeping the DJ stent postoperatively is 14 days.

    These complications have varied from minor side effects such as blood in the urine dysuria (burning when urinating, the urgency to urinate, frequent urination, spasms of the ureter or bladder, or many other serious complications.

    Dj stent removal is done within 6 weeks to 6 months of dj stent procedure in order to avoid complications.

    The cost of dj stent placement varies between Rs 25,000 to Rs 1,50,000

    Blood in the urine is normal symptom one might experience when a stent is placed Blood in Blood can be different in color like slightly pink, dark red, or light red.