Frequently Asked Questions
Is this condition genetic?
At this time, scientists don't know if there are genetic links.
Is surgery always needed to fix a megaureter?
No. Most megaureters found before birth get better over time without needing surgery. Megaureters found in older patients with pain or infection are more likely to need surgery. Antibiotics are often given to prevent urinary tract infection.
Is minimally-invasive surgery an option?
It may be possible to place a stent or catheter through the blocked part of the megaureter as a short-term fix to help the kidney drain. Laparoscopic techniques to fix megaureters are being explored.
Are there long-term problems if we don't do anything?
Possibly yes. They include:
- ureteral stones
- urinary tract infection
- kidney function getting worse
- back pain