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Nephrostomy tube placement

For people who have kidney problems that prevent urine from passing into the bladder, the pressure and discomfort can be difficult to bear and the health risks can be serious. A nephrostomy tube is a small catheter that is inserted into the kidney through the flank to release urine into a bag. Your MIT radiologist will first apply a local numbing agent to eliminate pain. Most patients report feeling only pressure during the procedure. Your MIT doctor will use ultrasound or fluoroscopy (specialized x-ray) imaging to guide a very small, flexible tube into the kidney and secure the exiting end against the skin, where it will remain out of your way. Quick outpatient follow-up is done every 6-8 weeks to ensure the tube is draining adequately and to replace it with a fresh line.