Purpose of reviewUreteral stents are an invaluable tool for urologists but suffer from several drawbacks, including: limited durability due to stent encrustation, significant morbidity from bothersome urinary symptoms, pain and infection, risk of the forgotten stent and costly removal. This review highlights key advances in ureteral stent technology that seek to address these issues.Recent findingsOver the past 2 years clinical trials have brought ureteral stent technology aimed to reduce stent-associated morbidity closer to clinical application. Stent material and changes to stent design show promise in improving patient tolerability without increasing complications. Low-tech innovations such as magnetic and catheter snare removal may quickly reduce costs. Radical advances such as biodegradable stent materials remain in preclinical models but show promise for eliminating the need for stent removal.SummaryThe ideal ureteral stent does not currently exist in clinical practice. This review highlights key studies that have advanced ureteral stent technology in the past 2 years.
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