This guy talked to me 30 mins. before the procedure, working with me trying to come up with a plan to not mess with "the stricture", up to, and including, letting the kidney die, I was that concerned about
this thing. (talk about
patient empowerment, this guy is 100%)
When I woke up in recovery, my sister handed me this hand-written letter.....(letter for letter, no edits)...
Great News! The bladder neck was perfectly patent (about
22 french,, or 7 mm). The scope could pass easily. Needless to say, I did not do anything to it. I would say @ this point that there is an excellent chance that that will not pose a problem again in the future, as long as you do not develop an unlikely fetish for urethra-erodicism. After your medical experiences, I trust you will not (obviously, I'm kidding, but unfortunately the urologist does get called to extract strange objects from people's urethras on occasion). Again, the bladder neck looked perfect.
Otherwise, the problematic stone appeared well pulverized. A smaller stone in the bottom of the kidney was a little tougher, and I could't tell whether it was completely fragmented, but an x-ray in about
a month may answer that question. If you are having problems (fever, passage of large clots threatening to clog the bladder outflow, pain not adequately controlled with oral meds), call. Otherwise, will check on you in about
I believe my smile is in the knowing that, after 3 urologists in the past year, for the first time, I feel secure in the knowledge that my health care isn't being ignored. That, my friends, is worth it's weight.
It's beginning to rain. In Hawaii and Florida, that's Golden Sunshine. Here in E. Tennessee, it's the clouds falling apart, pouring out their hearts.
Oh, yeah, my back. Lithtsotripsy....yeah, some recovery. /www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNrsJNtd_bc