Hi..Thank you for taking the time to read this, and for your help.. I have 3 "severe" kidney stones, and surgery is needed.. I also have a nephrostimy (sorry bout spelling, i tried) tube in my back..The surgery/procedure that thyey initially schedeuled ended up being cancelled due to me not having health insurance.., 1 of my main questions is what can happen when this goes untreated for a long period of time,,?? I realize that is partly what the tube is for, and i have done my best to maintain it, but i also couldent get the tube replaced due to financial issues.. It has been in for 5 months now, and i realize its inevitable that it will get infected, have tried to go to er since, but all they were going to do is refer me to urologist... The same 1n's who cancelled surgery to begin with..Anyway, i just want to know what can possibly happen because of this, any answers/info is greatly apprechiated..Thank you!!
Hi and welcome to the forum! I am glad that I can help you.
You would like to know what can happen in case of stones in the kidneys and nephrostomy.
Nephrostomy is an artificial opening created between the kidney and the skin which allows drainage of urine directly from the upper part of the urinary system. This procedure is done whenever a blockage keeps urine from passing from the kidneys, through the ureter and into the urinary bladder. If kidney stones can't be released from the kidneys down the ureter and urinary bladder, the excess of the urine that is normally produced in the kidney is kept in the kidney and it presses over the kidney tissue causing damage. This condition is called hydronephrosis.
Given the data that you described, you experience nephrostomy. You are at risk of developing kidney infection due to the communication of the kidney with the skin. Increase the level of hygiene in that part of your body to avoid the infection. Consult with a urologist about the maximum period of time during which you can have a nephrostomy.
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