Percutaneous Nephrostomy and Ureteral Stent Placement
The kidneys drain into the ureters, which are long narrow tubes that carry urine to the bladder. Ureters can become obstructed due to conditions such as kidney stones, tumors, infection, or blood clots. When this happens, Interventional Radiologists can use image guidance to place stents or thin flexible tubes into the ureter to restore urine flow.
When it is not possible to insert an ureteral stent, nephrostomy is performed. During this procedure, a tube is placed through the skin on the patient’s back into the kidney. The tube is connected to an external drainage bag, which helps to divert urine flow and to preserve renal function.
Suprapubic Catheter Placement
A suprapubic catheter (SPC) drains urine from your bladder.You may need a catheter because you have urinary incontinence (leakage), urinary retention (not being able to urinate), surgery that made a catheter necessary, or another health problem.
Normally, a catheter is inserted into your bladder through your urethra. A SPC, however, is inserted into your bladder through a small hole in your belly, just above your pubic bone. This allows urine to be drained or diverted outside to an external bag without having a tube in your genital area.
Your physician will instruct you on how to care for your catheter and how to ensure that it is working properly.
G and GJ Feeding Tube Insertion
Gastrostomy (G) or gastrojejunostomy (GJ) feeding tube insertion is the placement of a feeding tube to help with malnutrition or difficulty swallowing which can happen with cancer or strokes.
Gastrostomy tube is a feeding tube placed through the skin of the abdomen into the stomach. Gastrojejunostomy tube, on the other hand, is placed through the abdominal wall into the stomach and then through the duodenum into the jejunum.