(Problems and complications specific to this operation only are listed here. This does not cover every possible complication but covers the more common or serious. Complications may result from anaesthesia and should be discussed with your anaesthetist).
- Failure to reach the stone, in which case a stent might be left in and the consultant will discuss further management at a later date unless an alternative procedure has been discussed with you beforehand
- Damage to the ureter is uncommon and might lead to the need for a stent. Very rarely an open procedure to repair the damage may be necessary
- Bleeding in the urine usually settles in a few days but can last for 2 or 3 weeks
- Infection of the bladder is common although all patients are given antibiotics to minimise this risk. Some stones have bacteria trapped within them which are then released during the operation. Severe infection occurs in less than 1% of patients
- Chest infections might arise if you are a smoker or if you have pre-existing breathing or chest problems. You need to inform the doctor if you have had any recent chest infections. It is important you stop smoking before the operation as this may reduce the risk of clots forming in your legs
After the Operation
- Maintain a high fluid intake (4 – 6 pints per day) this will help clear the blood in your urine and flush out any stone fragments and reduce the risk of constipation
- Try to get active as soon as possible after the operation to reduce the chances of pneumonia and clots in your legs
- Do not drive until you feel able to make an emergency stop
- You may see some blood in your urine up to 2 weeks after the operation. If this persists contact your GP or alternatively contact the urology ward to which you were admitted
- If you develop high fever or chills contact the Urology ward to which you were admitted
What sort of follow up / after care will I get?
Depending on the outcome of your operation you will either be given an outpatients appointment or, if you require further treatment, the consultant will discuss this with you and schedule this appropriately.
It is important that you make a list of all medicines you are taking and bring it with you to all follow-up clinic appointments. If you have any questions at all, please ask your surgeon, or nurse. It may help to write down questions as you think of them so that you have them ready. It may also help to bring someone with you when you attend your outpatient appointments.