Complications can occur following the treatment of large kidney stones. Your surgeon should explain these to you before you have the procedure.
Possible complications will depend on the type of treatment you have and the size and position of your stones. Complications could include:
- sepsis– an infection that spreads through the blood, causing symptoms throughout the whole body
- a blocked ureter – caused by stone fragments; the ureter is the tube that attaches the kidney to the bladder
- an injury to the ureter
- a urinary tract infection
- bleeding during surgery
It’s estimated that 5-9% of people may experience complications after having a ureteroscopy.
Complications of treatment
urgent medical attention
When to seek urgent medical attention
You should seek urgent medical attention if:
- you have a high temperature (fever) of 38C (100.4F) or over
- you have an episode of shivering or shaking
- the pain gets worse, particularly if it’s a sudden, severe pain
Contact your GP immediately if you experience any of the symptoms above.