Ureteroscopy pp 123-139 | Cite as

Quality of Life After Ureteroscopy

  • Blake Anderson
  • Joshua M. Heiman
  • Amy Krambeck


Ureteroscopy (URS), although a minimally invasive endoscopic procedure, can have a substantial impact on quality of life for patients. Patient and operative factors, as well as stenting, may lead to very different patient experiences. Traditionally, opioid pain medications have been a mainstay for postoperative pain management following URS, but the current epidemic of opioid addiction and abuse has necessitated a shift in the analgesic regimen for these patients. Several nonnarcotic medications offer a benefit in recovery from URS such as NSAIDs, anticholinergics, and alpha blockers. Still, interest in other alternatives to narcotics is on the rise including IV acetaminophen, beta-3 receptor agonists, and drug-eluting stents. Furthermore, proximal and distal ureteroscopy can have different recovery periods due to operative time, access sheath use, and stenting. If stenting is necessary, return to work and recovery of baseline sexual function are variable and are impacted. Patient education with thorough preoperative counseling, as well as shared decision-making, is essential to improving the patient experience with URS.


Quality of life Ureteroscopy Stent Analgesia Dilation Access sheath Convalescence Sexual function Patient education Shared decision-making 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Blake Anderson
    • 1
  • Joshua M. Heiman
    • 1
  • Amy Krambeck
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of UrologyIndiana University School of Medicine, IU Health Urology Methodist HospitalIndianapolisUSA

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