What is Pyeloplasty?
Pyeloplasty is an operation to correct a blockage that has occurred between the kidney and the ureter (pelvic ureteric junction – PUJ). The ureter is the tube which drains urine from the kidney into the bladder. Removing the blockage will allow urine to drain into the bladder.
This involves a state of the art robotic system guiding the instruments under the surgeons control. The incisions are small.
This is a key-hole method for correcting the obstruction. The surgery involves the surgeon holding telescopic instruments to look inside your abdomen.
How is the surgery performed?
Both methods of surgery are performed under general anaesthesia. A cystoscopy is performed first and a narrow tube called a stent is inserted between the bladder and the kidney. The stent helps to support and protect the repair and to help with healing. The stent is left in place for 6 weeks after the operation.
These are. The procedure entails inserting approximately 3-5 entry sites/ports through the small incisions approximately .5-1cm in length on the side of the affected kidney. Through these ports a telescope and other instruments are passed to the area requiring surgery.
Using the equipment, the obstruction is located, divided and the ureter is rejoined using dissolvable stitches. A drain tube is left overnight and removed by nursing staff once drainage has stopped.
The surgery takes approximately 2-3 hours.