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DJ Stent Removal

A DJ stent becomes necessary when kidney stones restrict the flow of urine, and speed up the healing process after kidney stone treatment. The stent is removed within 6 weeks to 6 months after surgery to prevent any complications. If you’ve had kidney stones surgery that involved DJ stenting, and require removal, consult the best urologists in India at Pristyn Care for DJ stent removal.

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  • What Is DJ Stent Removal Procedure?

    A DJ stent or Double-J stent is a soft and hollow tube made of plastic, which is placed temporarily into the ureter after a kidney stones surgery. A stent may be placed for several reasons, such as to reduce sharp pain caused by a stone, allow drainage, and to help the kidneys function properly. A double-J stent is a unique stent with curved ends, which prevent it from slipping into the bladder or the kidneys. 

    A DJ stent is placed right after the surgery. However, it is removed after 6 weeks or 6 months of the surgery, depending upon the case. In some cases, the lifespan of the stent ends and a replacement might be required. An unattended or expired DJ stent can increase the risk of the following:

    • Fragmentation of the stent
    • Obstruction in urine flow
    • Stone entering the bladder
    • Stent migration, along with bleeding, infections, etc. 

    To avert these complications, it is advisable to get a DJ stent removed in time. 

     

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    Pristyn Care - Best Health Care Centre For DJ Stent Removal In India

    Pristyn Care is one of the leading healthcare facilities in the country, which makes top-notch kidney stones treatment available at cost-effective prices. Our urologists have extensive experience in performing advanced procedures to treat kidney stones. They perform DJ stent placement and removal procedures with the utmost precision and ensure that the patient is safeguarded from the risk of complications. 

    Pristyn Care’s association with the best hospitals in India allows the doctors to carry out the procedures with advanced equipment. Also, through our partnership with several hospitals across different cities within the country, we try to make quality healthcare accessible to as many people as we can. Book your appointment with Pristyn Care’s expert urologists for DJ stent removal now. 

    Types Of DJ Stent Removal

    A DJ stent can be removed with either of the following procedures: 

    • Standard Removal Of DJ Stent: A rigid endoscope is used to perform this procedure. The extraction is performed with the patient lying in a lithotomy position and takes 10 minutes. The procedure can accompany mild discomfort and bearable pain. 
    • Flexible Removal Of DJ stent: Flexible Removal Of DJ Stent: In this method, the DJ stent is removed with the help of a fiberoptic endoscope. The patient has to remain in a lying position throughout. It accompanies mild burning and discomfort, but it’s manageable. Also, the procedure only takes 2 to 3 minutes. 

    Procedure of DJ stent Removal

    A DJ stent removal procedure is performed in the following steps: 

    • The patient is made to lie down on the table in a lithotomy position. 
    • A local anesthetic gel is applied in the urinary passage to numb the area, and prevent discomfort to the patient. 
    • Then, a flexible or rigid scope is passed through the urinary passage to view the DJ stent, and end endoscopic forceps are used to extract the DJ stent. 

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    Risks of DJ Stent removal

    DJ Stent removal is a relatively safe procedure, and the risk of complications and side effects is pretty low. However, anyone undergoing this procedure must be aware of the potential risks and complications associated with it. Here are some possible risks of DJ stent removal procedure: 

    • Burning sensation while urinating
    • Mild pain and discomfort in the operated area and/or below the rib cage, sides of the waist, and the back. 
    • Trauma to the urinary tract and urinary tract infections. However, these complications are very low and generally occur due to improper placement or removal of the DJ stent. 

     

    Kidney Stent Removal & Ureteral Stent Removal

    Kidney stent removal and ureteral stent removal are both procedures aimed at removing stents placed in the urinary tract, but they target different parts of the tract:

    1. Kidney Stent Removal:

    • A kidney stent is a thin tube inserted into the ureter to ensure urine flow from the kidney to the bladder.
    • Kidney stent removal involves removing the stent from the kidney, typically performed after kidney stone treatment or surgical procedures affecting the urinary tract.
    • The procedure is usually done under local anesthesia or sedation, and a cystoscope is inserted into the bladder to grasp and remove the stent.

    2. Ureteral Stent Removal:

    • A ureteral stent is a similar tube inserted into the ureter to maintain urine flow, often used after procedures like ureteroscopy or surgery for kidney stones.
    • Ureteral stent removal involves removing the stent from the ureter, which connects the kidney to the bladder.
    • Like kidney stent removal, the procedure is typically performed using a cystoscope under local anesthesia or sedation, with the stent grasped and pulled out through the urethra.

    FAQs on Dj Stent Removal

    Is DJ stent removal a painful procedure?

    DJ stent removal isn’t a very painful procedure, however, it can cause mild pain and discomfort to the patient. The doctors generally prescribe medicines to manage the pain. 

    Is DJ stent removal performed under anesthesia?

    Generally, DJ stent removal procedure is performed under local anesthesia. An anesthetic gel is applied in the bladder passage. 

    What will happen if the stent isn’t removed on time?

    Timely stent removal is important or it might lead to complications, such as:

    • Stone formation
    • Fractures
    • Stent Blockage
    • Encrustation, etc.

    How long does a DJ stent removal procedure take?

    DJ stent removal procedure takes a couple of minutes to an hour at maximum.

    Will I be able to go home on the same day of the procedure?

    Yes. This procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, and does not require hospital stay.

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