At Children’s Hospital Boston, we believe it is essential to undertake a thorough evaluation and diagnosis of your child’s condition before deciding whether to perform ureteral surgery.During the initial consultation, members of your child’s surgery team will perform a clinical evaluation. Your child's doctor may use one or more of the following tests to determine the severity of her obstruction in her ureter or vesicoureteral reflux (VUR) — and whether it will be necessary to undergo ureteral surgery:
- ultrasound — This test gives us a good picture of your child’s urinary tract.
- voiding cystourethrogram (VCUG): This special kind of x-ray is used to examine the anatomy of your child’s bladder and check for reflux.
- computed tomography (CT) scan or MRI —These imaging tests can help your doctor get a more complete view of the condition that may require surgery.
- other x-ray
After these tests are completed, members of your child’s medical team will review the results to finalize the surgical plan.