How to Remove Your Stent

  • While removing the stent there may be leakage of urine so stand in the bath or shower while removing the stent.
  • The stent is approximately 26 cm long or 10 inches.
  • If the string is taped to you, you can now remove this tape.
  • The string is looped in a circle so grab both ends of the string and begin pulling slowly.
  • There will be some discomfort as the sent is pulled out of the ureter.
  • If the stent does not come out easily with light gentle pulling, stop and come into the emergency department for assistance.
  • The stent should look like the picture below, although the colours may vary.
  • After the stent is removed, you should expect to see some blood in your urine for a few days.  Increase your fluids to prevent clots from forming.
  • You may also see small stones pass after the stent is removed.
  • It is common to have increased urgency, frequency and burning with urination (peeing).  If this does not improve in 2-3 days, see a doctor.

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Michelle Strovski, Maple Ridge Urology, Serving Maple Ridge, Coquitlam, Mission, Abbotsford, Langley, and Vancouver.