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Retrograde Pyelography

As part of a cystoscopy your urologist may need to examine your ureter and kidney. This can be done by putting contrast material into your ureter and taking an X-ray.

Prior to the procedure

Prior to the procedure a urine sample will be obtained. If your procedure is done at the CAMC Surgicare Center, you will report one hour before the procedure to allow time for the admission process.

The procedure

The procedure usually takes 5-15 minutes. If abnormalities are detected during the procedure further visualization of the ureter and kidney may be warranted. Abnormal tissue may be biopsied and sent to a pathologist as part of the procedure.

Following the procedure

  • You may have some blood in your urine and some discomfort with urination. This generally lasts only a day or two but may persist beyond that time period depending on the extent of the procedure.
  • You may be given an oral antibiotic to prevent infection. Please read the prescription bottle and follow these instructions exactly.
  • You may be given a medication to help with bladder discomfort and burning on urination. These medications are best taken with food and some may color the urine orange.
  • Drink extra fluids the first day or two after the procedure, as it will clear any bleeding and help prevent infection.
  • If you experience difficulty emptying your bladder, excessive pain or temperature greater than 100 degrees, call your physician immediately. Our staff is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Physicians performing this procedure: