Ureteral Pelvic Junction Obstruction



Treatments

Surgery to correct the blockage allows urine to flow normally. Open (invasive) surgery is usually performed in infants. Adults may be treated with less-invasive procedures. These procedures involve much smaller surgical cuts than open surgery, and may include:

  • Endoscopic (retrograde) technique does not require a surgical cut on the skin. Instead, a small instrument is placed into the urethra and allows the surgeon to open the blockage from the inside.
  • Percutaneous (antegrade) technique involves a small surgical cut on the side of the body between the ribs and the hip.
  • Pyeloplasty removes scar tissue from the blocked area and connects the healthy part of the kidney to the healthy ureter.
  • Recently, laparoscopy and robotic surgery has been used to treat UPJ obstruction in children and adults for many patients has become first line treatment.

A tube called a stent may be placed to drain urine from the kidney until the patient heals. A nephrostomy tube, which is placed in the patient's side to drain urine, may also be needed for a short time after the surgery. This type of tube may also used to treat severe infections before surgery.
 


 
 

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