Ureteral Surgery

If your doctor has recommended ureteral surgery, you may be wondering what exactly this procedure entails and how the Department of Urology at Boston Children's Hospital can help you.

We’ve put together information on the most common surgeries as well as a list of questions that are frequently asked of our doctors. We’ll give you some background on common conditions that require this kind of surgery, talk about your experience at the hospital when your child comes in for his procedure and discuss the long-term outlook for children who have ureteral surgical procedures.

Here is some basic information about ureteral surgery:

  • Ureteral surgeries are procedures that fix problems with the flow of urine between the ureter (the tube that carries urine from the kidney to the bladder) and the kidney.
  • Your child may need ureteral surgery if she has a blockage in her ureter or has severe vesicoureteral reflux (VUR), in which your child's urine backs up the ureter into the kidney.
  • While ureteral surgery is not that common because many urinary tract problems go away on their own as your child grows or are not severe enough to damage the kidneys, the surgeons at Boston Children’s have a lot of experience performing these types of procedures.
  • Ureteral surgery – whether performed laparascopically (a minimally invasive procedure) or traditionally – is a fairly simple procedure with a high success rate.

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How Boston Children's Hospital approaches ureteral surgery

Children's is home to the largest pediatric urology department in the world, with physicians who are experts in a wide range of proven procedures. We perform more than 3,100 surgical procedures each year and care for almost 18,000 children from throughout the country and all over the world.

The Robotic Surgery, Research and Training Program at Boston Children's Hospital provides unrivaled expertise in pediatric robotic surgery. Specially trained surgeons use a high-tech robot to perform complex and delicate operations through very small surgical openings. The results are less pain, faster recoveries, shorter hospital stays, smaller scars, and happier patients.