Nephrostomy Placement

The ureter is the tube that carries urine from the kidney to the bladder. When this tube is blocked, urine backs up into the kidney, which can cause infection or even irreversible kidney damage.

A nephrostomy is a procedure in which a catheter is inserted into the kidney, allowing the urine to drain into a bag outside of the body.

Nephrostomy is performed when:

  • The ureter is blocked by a kidney stone.
  • The ureter is blocked by a tumor.
  • There is a hole in the ureter or bladder and urine is leaking into the body.

What to Expect
Prior to appointments, Gwinnett Medical Center patients are asked to come in for routine lab work. It is preferred that patients have their lab work performed at Gwinnett Medical Center so the radiology nurses have access to the results. Our radiology nurses call each patient shortly after the procedure is scheduled to obtain a health history and provide instructions.

For most interventional radiology exams, patients need to arrive in admissions two hours before their scheduled procedure time on the day of the exam. Patients will check in at admissions before being taken to the Imaging Nursing Unit, where an interventional radiologist will come to talk with the patient before the procedure. The patient will then be prepped for the exam and taken to the Interventional Radiology Suite for the procedure. Following the procedure, the patient will return to the Imaging Nursing Unit for recovery. The recovery time varies based on the procedure. After the patient is then discharged, he or she will receive a follow-up call the next day.

Call 678-312-3444 to schedule an appointment at one of our convenient locations in Lawrenceville, Duluth or Hamilton Mill.