What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

What is Pyeloplasty?

Pyeloplasty is a surgery to repair the kidney. In this surgery, the renal pelvis and its connection to the ureter are repaired. The renal pelvis is a funnel-like structure in the kidney. It connects the kidney to the ureter. The ureter is a tube that carries urine to the bladder.

Kidney and Ureter
Anatomy of the Kidney
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Pyeloplasty is done if a blockage is found at the kidney's connection to the ureter. This blockage causes the kidney to balloon. The problem is often detected by ultrasound or CT scan .

Possible Complications

Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have a pyeloplasty, your doctor will review a list of possible complications which may include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Hernia
  • Damage to tissues or organs
  • Persistent leakage of urine
  • Blockage of the ureter

Call Your Doctor

After you leave the hospital, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
  • Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding or any discharge from the incision site
  • Nausea and/or vomiting that you cannot control with the medicines you were given after surgery, or which persist for more than two days after discharge from the hospital
  • Pain that you...