Urinary Tract Injury With Laparoscopy

The ureters are the urine tubes from the kidney to the bladder. Bladder and ureter injuries are rare with laparoscopy, occurring only 3 to 5 times per 1,000 cases. These include perforation and thermal injuries. In most cases, these injuries are treated with the placement of a plastic tube, called a catheter, into the bladder for 7 to 10 days along with antibiotics.
Rarely, these injuries require switching to an open operation. This involves placing thin tubes, called stents, into the tubes leading away from the bladder, called ureters, by a urologist. Occasionally, these injuries require a repeat laparoscopic surgery at a future time. Sometimes, an injury may not appear at the time of the operation, but may show up later. This may require another surgery to repair the damage.
Last reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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