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Tuesday, May 21, 2013
VesicoUretral ReFlux Surgery
I had this done on both sides as a child. (Age 3 and age 11.) What are the chances of this recurring? Or what are the chances of my kidneys being so damaged before the surgeries that I won`t be able to have kids?
Usually antireflux surgery is successful. You did not provide your age. However, if you are having kidney infections with fever and back pain, then re-evaluation would be appropriate. In fact, a renal sonogram should be considered if you are a young adult contemplating getting pregnant.
Repeated kidney infections can cause kidney damage, which can cause problems during pregnancy, particularly if there is significant kidney scarring. Also, your babies would have a 50% chance of having reflux also, so often newborn offspring of women with a history of VUR undergo a cystogram at birth to check for reflux.
Jack S Elder, MD, FACS, FAAP
Clinical Professor of Urology
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University