Can you still pee with a nephrostomy tube?

Asked By: Ebrahima Volkradt | Last Updated: 15th April, 2020
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The nephrostomy drains urine from one or both kidneys into a collecting bag outside your body. The bag has a tap so you can empty it. You may still pass some urine in a normal way even when you have a nephrostomy tube in one, or both, of your kidneys.

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Besides, how often do Nephrostomy tubes need to be changed?

If your nephrostomy tube is to be used for a long period of time, the tube needs to be changed every 2 to 3 months.

One may also ask, are Nephrostomy tubes sutured in place? Your nephrostomy tube is not stitched in place. It is attached to your skin with 2 pieces of clear dressing. We give you a brochure called How to Change Your Drainage Tube Dressing to show you how to change your nephrostomy tube dressing.

Also question is, how do you collect urine from a nephrostomy tube?

Sterile technique must be maintained for irrigation, dressing changes and when obtaining urine specimen. All urine specimens must be collected from nephrostomy tube by gravity. Do not use aspiration. Nephrostomy tubes must be firmly secured and drainage bag anchored to prevent displacement or kinking of the tube.

How long does a nephrostomy tube stay in?

You can wash with soap and water in a basin at the side of your bed. You cannot have a tub bath because it will make the incision wet and put you at risk for infection. The nephrostomy tube will stay in for 2 more days. Before the tube is taken out, you will have an x-ray called a nephrostogram.

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Can I sleep on my Nephrostomy side?

Exercise and sleeping
More strenuous exercise may cause pain & should therefore be avoided. Lying on the side of the tube may be uncomfortable so try the other side. If you have tubes in both kidneys find a position that suits you.

Can you shower with a nephrostomy tube?

Empty the drainage bag before it is completely full or every 2 to 3 hours. Do not swim or take baths while you have a nephrostomy tube. You can shower after wrapping the end of the nephrostomy tube with plastic wrap.

Is a nephrostomy tube painful?

In most cases, the mild discomfort associated with a nephrostomy tube can by managed with oral pain medications. It is not uncommon for a small amount of urine to leak around the nephrostomy tube. Sometimes there may also be a small scab or crusting around the nephrostomy tube.

Can Nephrostomy tubes be permanent?

What is a nephrostomy? Normally urine drains from your kidneys through a narrow tube (the ureter) into your bladder. The bag is not usually a permanent solution and can be exchanged for a stent (a small plastic tube) which connects the kidney to the bladder.

What happens if my nephrostomy tube comes out?


Always check the tube is draining before you leave the patient. A blocked nephrostomy tube can cause lower back pain, hydronephrosis, sepsis and eventually kidney failure.

Is a nephrostomy tube considered a catheter?

A nephrostomy tube is a catheter which is placed into the collecting system of the kidney to provide temporary or permanent drainage.

How do you care for a nephrostomy tube?

Empty the drainage bag before it is completely full or every 2 to 3 hours. Do not swim or take baths while you have a nephrostomy tube. You can shower after wrapping the end of the nephrostomy tube with plastic wrap. Change the dressing around the nephrostomy tube about every 3 days or when it gets wet or dirty.

What do you wear with a nephrostomy tube?

Gather the items you will need.
  • Disposable (single use) under-pad, and a clean washcloth.
  • Plain soap, warm water, and new medical gloves.
  • Sterile gauze bandages.
  • Clear adhesive dressing or medical tape.
  • Skin barrier.
  • Tube attachment device.
  • Protective skin film.

Where does a nephrostomy tube go?

A nephrostomy tube is a small flexible tube placed through the lower back into the kidney to drain urine. A nephrostomy tube is inserted when there is an obstruction to the normal flow of urine. Most nephrostomy tubes are placed in the body using image guidance by interventional radiologists.

Is flushing a nephrostomy tube a sterile procedure?


If blockage is suspected it was recommended that nephrostomy tubes be irrigated or flushed using gentle force with normal saline or sterile water using sterile or aseptic technique.

How long does Nephrostomy surgery take?

How long does a nephrostomy take? Once the sterile preparation has been completed, it takes approximately 30 minutes to insert a nephrostomy. The length of the procedure can vary considerably, depending on each patient's internal body structure and the reason for the nephrostomy.

What is PCNU?

An antegrade percutaneous internal/external nephroureteral (PCNU) stent is placed percutaneously, establishing antegrade access to the kidney, ureter, and urinary bladder. It can be placed in both native and transplant kidneys.

How do you empty a Nephrostomy bag?

Emptying the urine from the bag
  1. Wash your hands with warm water and soap or use an alcohol based hand sanitizer.
  2. Put your foot on the toilet bowl.
  3. Aim the tubing at the bottom of the leg bag into the toilet or container.
  4. Open the outlet valve at the bottom of leg bag.
  5. Empty the bag completely.

Can a nephrostomy tube cause a UTI?

A history of UTI was also found to be a risk factor for bacteriuria and nephrostomy tube related pyelonephritis. We also found that more than half of the pyelonephritis occurred within 40 days after insertion of the nephrostomy tube. We also found that gram-positive organisms caused 48% of the pyelonephritis.

Is Nephrostomy dressing change sterile?


To prevent infection, a sterile dressing should be placed over the site where the tube leaves your body. . For the first 2 weeks after nephrostomy tube placement, the sterile gauze dressing should be changed once a day. If you pre- fer to use sterile transparent dressing, it should be changed every 3 days.

Why is there blood in my nephrostomy tube?

As long as the nephrostomy tube is in place it is normal to see some blood in the urine from time to time (even if the urine has previously been clear). The blood is usually due to the procedure done or to irritation from the tube inside the kidney.

How often should a urinary drainage bag be changed?

You should change your leg bag every 5 -7 days. Always ensure that each time you change or empty your leg bag, you wash your hands with warm soapy water and wipe them dry (before and after). 1. Pinch off the catheter using the thumbs and forefinger.