What is Percutaneous Nephrostomy Tube Placement?
Percutaneous nephrostomy (PCN) tube placement, also known as nephro-pyelostomy, is an interventional procedure to temporarily divert urine from the kidney. During the minimally invasive procedure, a catheter is inserted into the lower back in order to drain urine directly from your kidney. The catheter is then connected to a collection bag.
Am I a candidate for percutaneous nephrostomy tube placement?
When there is a blockage in the pathways that dispose urine from your body, you may need to have a percutaneous nephrostomy tube placement procedure. When those pathways or ureters are blocked by stones or blood clots, urine remains trapped in your kidneys which can lead to serious side effects.
Other common reasons for nephro-pyelostomy include:
What can I expect during my procedure?
During your nephrostomy tube placement, you’ll be in good hands with our Board Certified Fellowship, Trained Interventional Radiologists. Most procedures at the hospital and the patient is sedated. After the area is cleaned, a local anesthetic will be administered. Through the use of image-guided technology, your interventional radiologist will place a catheter into the kidney(s). The collection system is then put in place. The tube is secured at the surface of the skin with a stitch. Some patients report feeling some pressure but no pain during the procedure. The procedure will last about one hour.
What can I expect after the procedure?
After your nephrostomy tube placement, your blood pressure, pulse, and breathing will be monitored. After this brief observation, most patients are able to resume normal activities.
To schedule your percutaneous nephrostomy tube placement at VIVA, call our office at (540) 654-9118.
Our high level of expertise offers greater assurances than most vein centers can provide. Our physicians will evaluate your specific needs and select the appropriate therapy.
Schedule an Appointment