I just meant with a hysterectomy, why would they be scoping the ureters?
Sometimes stents are inserted because the ureters aren't easy to see or feel during surgery.
We have a few surgeons who scope after a hysterectomy to make sure the bladder is ok (since it and the ureters are in such close proximity to the area being worked on during the hysterectomy), and to make sure the ureters are draining urine. Indigo Carmine is sometimes put in IV a few moments before closing the abdominal incision, this way the urine is more visual during scoping (which also explains why some women have blue or green urine in their Foley bag post-op).
We have only had one pt. in the past 3 years that had a ureter
oscopy (a smaller scope that scopes inside of the ureters, up to the kidney) post-op, and that was because one of the pt.'s ureters was 3 times its normal size, and a hard mass was felt during a hysterectomy. It was later determined that this pt. had a HUGE stone, and luckily this was taken care of while she was still in the hospital, because she may have gone home with that stone, and never would have known it, until it was very painful, or worse.