Being Active With Kidney Stent

by Leslie

I've just had surgery on Friday, August 30th and without knowing what was going to happen, I had a kidney stent inserted.

I have been in pain and discomfort for 4 days now. Does it ever stop? I would like to get back up and walk around like a normal person and not depend on everyone to help get the kids to school. I am a very active person, and just laying here is driving me nuts.

Can someone please tell me when I will be back to normal again?

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Apr 19, 2015
Kidney Stent
by: wendy

I had my stent put in through my back to my kidney on April 17 2015.

This is the worse pain I have ever been in... The fullness of my bladder is killing me and when I try and go all I get is pressure and lots of pain.

I have a bag hooked up to the stent and have lots of blood draining. The only way I can go to the bathroom is if I lay down for 2 hours and get up. Only then am I able to release some urine but not as much as I would like.

I have my surgery on April 21st to have my large stone removed and I'm praying that this pain goes away.

Not so sure I can take too much more of this pain and I do take Norco for pain. The 10/325 helps some but my body is so used to Norco since I have been on it for 4 years... from a 3 level disc replacement that failed.

Sep 04, 2013
Kidney Surgery Recovery
by: Site Admin

An hour and a half surgery can hardly be classified as minor. No wonder you are experiencing intense pain and discomfort.

I imagine that you may have to put-up with this for a little while longer... a couple weeks or so. It will take even longer before you can run a marathon. It takes time for soft tissues to heal, so be patient. Hopefully, your present circumstance will soon be a distant memory.

Sep 04, 2013
Kidney Surgery Procedure
by: Leslie

The surgery I had was to find out why I was urinating blood since Christmas. They did every test imaginable and finally concluded that going in for a kidney scope was the best idea.

Came to find out, my right kidney has a small stone, one I can pass on my own so no worries there. My left kidney was the problem. What was supposed to be a 15-30 minute procedure turned into an hour and a half.

They found a small tear in my kidney and because I was bleeding for so long (8 months), they decided to place the stent to help with the drainage. I am feeling better today. Kind of sore and achy still, but I assume its from the longer procedure time right? On top of being constipated (sorry had to go there).

I'm still not ready to run a marathon or return to work yet. So I believe all of this is normal for the situation I had. The doctor prescribed me 60 norcos (low dose). So I've been okay once the pain hits.

So can the procedure itself explain why I've been down and out for so long?

Sep 04, 2013
Kidney Stent Challenges
by: Site Admin

Leslie, you did not elaborate on the purpose of the surgery or why a kidney stent was inserted. This will affect the length of your recovery.

If the stent was inserted to relieve a blockage (such as a kidney stone) in the urinary system, then you should have been at least up and about by now. If, however, you had major surgery for some other condition, then recovery may take a bit longer than a few days.

Pain after surgery is normal and may continue to cause some discomfort for a few weeks... depending on the nature of the surgery. If the pain is really intense (as it appears to be in your case) your doctor should have prescribed pain killers to help alleviate some of the pain.

Apart from the pain, one of the greatest challenges faced by patients after a surgery is "patience". This is especially challenging if you are accustomed being active, as you indicated. It is important, however, to keep a positive outlook. As time progresses, things will continue to improve and, hopefully, you will be back on track, in a short period of time.

It's always advisable to liaise with your doctor during post-surgery recovery. They will guide you during this period and help you to be back on your feet in the shortest possible time.

All the best to you and wishing you a speedy recovery!

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