Medical Imaging

Angiography > Exams & Procedures > Renal/Kidney - Nephrostomy Tube Insertion

A nephrostomy tube is placed into the kidney to help with the drainage of urine. Ultrasound guidance is used to visualize the kidney. Local anaesthetic is given to numb the area, then access is obtained with a fine needle. Contrast is injected to verify placement and a tube is left in the kidney. The tube may be placed to straight drainage (a leg bag) or capped with no drainage coming out of the body. No special preparation is required. If you are on blood thinners, it is important to let us know, so blood work can be done.

The procedure takes about one hour.