Urinary obstructions occur when something is blocking the flow of urine, often accompanied by significant pain and contraction of urine flow over a prolonged period of time. A common cause of kidney failure, urinary obstruction can be brought on after a variety of pathologic processes.
Like most things, the earlier you diagnose a urinary obstruction, the better. At Somerset Urological Associates, a pyeloplasty procedure is performed by a qualified team of specialists to reconstruct the renal pelvis – the top of the ureter where kidney tubules drain. During pyeloplasty, doctors get rid of the blockage, and attach the healthiest part of the kidney to the ureter – the tube that makes the transportation of urine from the kidneys to the bladder possible.
At Somerset Urological Associates, we give you the option of two different routes. Laparoscopy – the traditional surgery that uses a lighted tube, inserted through a cut in the belly – can be used, resulting in one large incision. The other route involves da Vinci Surgery, a surgical device that is robotic assisted. This allows our surgeon to operate through a few small incisions.
During both procedures, the ureter is approached below the level of obstruction, removing the abnormal section. Once the ureter is repositioned, it gets reattached to the healthy renal pelvic tissue – and the procedure is complete.
Typically lasting between two to three hours, pyeloplasty has a success rate exceeding 90 percent, much to our valued patient’s pleasure. However, there are some things to consider before choosing pyeloplasty. The procedure can result in some unwanted side effects, including but not limited to kidney infection, urine leaks, bowel injury and blood in the urine.
If you’ve been experiencing common symptoms of urinary obstruction, or have already diagnosed the issue, we are more than happy to provide you with an appointment at Somerset Urological Associates to discuss a pyeloplasty procedure. Dedicated to providing personalized care in our state of the art facility, we can assure that the health of our patients is a top priority, and are committed to providing excellence in urological care. Our physicians are specialized and trained to perform a handful of procedures and services to assist with any urological need.
To schedule an appointment, you can reach us at 908-927-0300. Somerset Urological Associates is conveniently located at 72 West End Avenue Somerville, NJ 08876, with services in New Brunswick and Middlesex.