Do you still pee with a nephrostomy tube?
The nephrostomy drains urine from one or both kidneys into a collecting bag outside your body. The bag has a tap so you can empty it. You may still pass some urine in a normal way even when you have a nephrostomy tube in one, or both, of your kidneys.
Flushing the nephrostomy tube with normal saline. If the flow of urine from the tube decreases or stops, the tube may need to be flushed with a salt water solution called normal saline. This clears any small pieces of waste that might be blocking the catheter from draining. Flushing is also called instilling.
- Exudate is a fluid produced as part of the normal wound-healing process, and is essentially blood from which the platelets and red cells have been filtered out (Thomas, 1997a). It leaks from capillaries in the tissues surrounding a wound as a consequence of increased capillary permeability.
- If there are concerns about the seriousness of the infection, blood tests may be needed. The doctor may prescribe antibiotics if the infection is severe, such as sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim (Bactrim), mupirocin (Bactroban), cephalexin (Keflex), clindamycin (Cleocin), doxycycline (Doryx), or vancomycin (Vancocin).
- Boils may heal on their own after a period of itching and mild pain. More often, they become more painful as pus builds up. Boils usually need to open and drain in order to heal. Continue to put warm, wet, compresses on the area after the boil opens.
A nephrostomy tube is a catheter (a thin tube). It is put in through your skin and into your kidney to drain your urine (pee). You may need a nephrostomy tube when something is blocking your normal flow of urine. Urine from your kidney passes through tubes called ureters.
- Your doctor may use image guidance to place a thin, flexible tube called a stent into the ureter to restore urine flow. If a stent cannot be placed, he may perform a nephrostomy, during which a tube is placed through the skin into the kidney and connected to either an external drainage bag or the bladder.
- A suprapubic catheter is a hollow flexible tube that is used to drain urine from the bladder. It is inserted into the bladder through a cut in the tummy, a few inches below the navel (tummy button).
- A nephrostogram is an x-ray procedure that is used to check the patient's nephrostomy catheter and the flow of urine through their ureter. A nephrostogram is performed to determine if the nephrostomy catheter may be removed or if other procedures are required.
The Procedure. At the end of your surgery, your doctor inserts a nephrostomy tube through your back and into your kidney. The soft plastic tube is then connected to a drainage bag outside of your body. Your doctor may also insert a nephrostomy tube before surgery to help treat a blockage from a stone.
- Radiation nephropathy is kidney injury and impairment of function caused by ionizing radiation. It may occur after irradiation of one or both kidneys, and it may result in kidney failure. Acute radiation nephropathy develops 6-12 months after irradiation, whereas chronic radiation nephropathy develops years later.
- If radiation therapy is aimed at a person's head and/or neck, they may experience these side effects:
- Dry mouth.
- Mouth and gum sores.
- Difficulty swallowing.
- Stiffness in the jaw.
- A type of swelling called lymphedema.
- Tooth decay. Learn more about dental health during cancer treatment.
- You might feel like having a sleep 1 to 2 hours after each radiotherapy treatment. This tiredness is called fatigue and you might also feel weak and as though you have no energy. Tiredness can still be a problem for some months after your treatment has finished.
Updated: 11th December 2019