Ureteral stricture (obstruction)

Ureteral stricture (obstruction)

The ureter is the tube that drains urine from the kidney down to the bladder. In some conditions, a portion of the ureter can be narrowed, which is called a stricture. This can be congenital, or the result of scarring from previous surgery, urinary stones, or other causes. Ureteral stricture often requires complex reconstruction to restore the ureter to its normal drainage pathway.  Alternative drainage methods may be used, such as tube drainage from the kidney (nephrostomy) and ureteral stenting, to protect the kidney.

Our reconstructive expertise emphasizes minimally invasive approaches, including laparoscopic surgery, ureteral re-implantation, and many types of ureteral reconstruction techniques.  We are particularly concerned with preserving long-term kidney function and improving patients’ quality-of-life.

  

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• Associate Professor of Urology and Epidemiology & Biostatistics, • Chief of Urology, San Francisco General Hospital, • Director, UCSF Male Genitourinary Reconstruction and Trauma Surgery Fellowship, • Residency Program Associate Director
Assistant Professor
Professor and Vice Chair
 of Urology
Assistant Adjunct Professor of Urology