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What Can Be Expected After Treatment?

Recovery

Recovery depends on which operation was done. Infants and small children usually stay in the hospital from 1 to 5 days after to heal.

  • If a catheter (tube) was used, it will be taken out easily before the child goes home or in the office at a checkup. The area where the catheter went in will heal on its own. Stitches will not be needed.
  • If an internal drain was used, it will be removed 3 to 4 weeks after surgery.

Imaging after Treatment

A renal ultrasound is usually done 4 to 6 weeks after surgery to see if the surgery worked. If ureteral re-implantation was done, VCUG may be used to see if there is any reflux.

Future Kidney Problems

If part or all of a kidney is working poorly or removed, but the other kidney is normal, the child will not have lifelong kidney problems. Most often just the upper part of one kidney is affected. This means the rest of the kidney can function well. Even when a whole kidney is affected, long-term problems are not likely.

One normal kidney is all we need for good health. Children are often born with a single kidney and no one knows it. People who donate a kidney also do fine. The only issue is that you no longer have a spare kidney. If your remaining kidney is seriously injured (for any reason) then you would have kidney failure and require dialysis.

Sexual Function

Though an ectopic ureter can drain to the sex organs, it does not affect sexual function. This issue rarely impacts a person’s ability to have a baby.

In boys, the genital tract on the same side of the ectopic ureter may be abnormal. But if the other side is not affected (which is most often the case), then fertility should still be normal.