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When is surgery needed for UTIs?

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It’s not likely that you’ll need an operation. But you might if your UTI is because of backflow (reflux) of urine from the bladder to the kidneys. Or you could need an operation if a blockage, such as a kidney stone or enlarged prostate, is the cause.

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Urinary Tract Infection in Adults.”

American Academy of Family Physicians.

WomensHealth.gov: “Urinary tract infection fact sheet.”

The Urology Institute.

Mayo Clinic: “Urinary Tract Infection.”

Reviewed by Nazia Q Bandukwala on April 17, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Urinary Tract Infection in Adults.”

American Academy of Family Physicians.

WomensHealth.gov: “Urinary tract infection fact sheet.”

The Urology Institute.

Mayo Clinic: “Urinary Tract Infection.”

Reviewed by Nazia Q Bandukwala on April 17, 2018

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