My stent hurts…what should I do?

80% of patients will have discomfort from their stent.  Often this is cramping in the bladder or in the kidney; at times worse with urinating.  A variety of medications can be tried to help with this:

1.  Alpha-blockers (flomax, uroxatral, cardura etc)  – helps primarily with kidney pain from stents

2.  Anticholinergics (detrol, ditropan, sanctura etc) – helps primarily with bladder spasms

3.  Ketorolac – a non-steroidal pain medication that can be very helpful (sometimes better than narcotics)

The main other thing is to have your stent removed as soon as possible.  After an uncomplicated ureteroscopy, one should be able to have the stent removed in 7-10 days.  Exceptions would be if there was an inordinate amount of swelling in the ureter, scarring in the ureter or other complicating factors. 

Lastly if the pain is severe, often a foley (urethral) catheter will help alleviate some of that pain.

About Dr. Manoj Monga

Manoj Monga, MD, is a Professor of Urology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, in Cleveland, Ohio.
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7 Responses to My stent hurts…what should I do?

  1. Shirley Green says:

    does any one one know if ill be off work when i get my stent out its been in 6 months everyday has been very painful. will i need more recovery time as ive been off work now since November 2016

  2. BomberBladder says:

    I have had a stent for a month while I wait for my next operation. Why do I always feel like a need to urinate every 2 hours. If I walk for more than 20mins, I feel like my bladder is full??????

    • VA says:

      I feel the same, I also will have this ureteral stent in for more than a month but I also urinate when asleep I don’t even feel it come out, this is torture I can’t even walk for 10minutes I’m just so tired and frustrated, work oh I couldn’t even work like this!!!!

  3. Kara Martin says:

    There is an article on this site about post stent removal pain and ideas on how to avoid such. If you do a search for stent pain it should pop up. This is something I’m also very nervous about

  4. joseph masters says:

    have stent for stone[10-11 mm]was given dilaudid in hospital which really helped.Why no pain meds until stent is removed.My balls feel like there in a vice slowly tightning

    • Kathy says:

      I don’t have balls but I know exactly what you mean. Everything down there feels like it’s in a vice. My stone over a centimeter. He only got half. Now, 7 millimeter left. Have to Uretrascooy all over again.

  5. SC says:

    Could anyone tell me how they are feeling after having the stent removed? And if there were any side effects. Thanks

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