Shattering kidney stones

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   Posted 1/30/2014 6:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I have a kidney stone the size of a marble lodged in my kidney. My doctor says it should be shattered. Anyone had this done? Was it painful to pass the fragments after it was done? I'm afraid to have this done.

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   Posted 2/1/2014 9:07 PM (GMT -6)   

All of my stones were broken up with a laser and air. I haven't had one done with the sound waves yet. My father in law has and said he felt soreness like a deep bruise for a few days and his was the size of a buck eye.

Passing the fragments is hard to say because it depends on how inflamed things are and how large the fragments are. I had to have a couple other procedures to remove pieces of the stones that wouldn't pass, but I can't pass anything 4mm or larger.

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   Posted 4/18/2014 6:00 PM (GMT -6)   
With lithotripsy, the fragments are sand - I never felt them at all. Recovery was fast, too!
Nissen Fundolplication Sept. 10, 2013

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   Posted 4/18/2014 11:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Yikes that a good size kidney stone... UR doc is great with recommending lithotripsy.
Yes , my son had his kidney stones blasted away. It is jolting but painless as he was a bit sore.
A lot easier than the alternative. As a year earlier a stone caught in his urethra was unimaginably painful, & more costly in the ER than the procedure to blast them with sound waves into small sand grains sizes to pass thru the urethra in peace.
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