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Old 02-08-2005, 11:55 AM
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Surgery For Kidney Stones?? Help?

My wife got a call, the doctor wants to surgically remove her kidney stone; have found some resources online, but would appreicate any personal experiences you care to share.

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My wife got a call, the doctor wants to surgically remove her kidney stone; have found some resources online, but would appreicate any personal experiences you care to share.

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Did he give an explanation? Is it too big? Lodged? Too ragged? Isn't the pulverizing kind?
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glad i re-read your post before i actually posted what i was going to. it was about my dad, but his was gall stones, not kidney stones!

ps did yo uknow you can still get gall stones with no gallbladder?
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My wife got a call, the doctor wants to surgically remove her kidney stone; have found some resources online, but would appreicate any personal experiences you care to share.

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Most of them can be lasered. Kidney stones really suck.
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My wife got a call, the doctor wants to surgically remove her kidney stone; have found some resources online, but would appreicate any personal experiences you care to share.

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They're more common in men, I believe. Surgery is used when stones are too big to pass on their own or too big to break with the sonic ray. My dad has had surgery on both kidneys to remove stones. The scars are huge.
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My wife got a call, the doctor wants to surgically remove her kidney stone; have found some resources online, but would appreicate any personal experiences you care to share.

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There is a non invasive ultrasound or shockwave procedure that destroys the stone without surgery for stones smaller than one inch. There are minimally invasive procedures for large stones. How big is it?

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http://www.kidney-stone-symptoms.com...ervention.php3



KIDNEY STONE PREVENTION:

Drink a minimum of 1/3rd your body weight in ounces of pure water every day, in 4 to 6 ounce increments.

I.e. if you weigh 180 lbs, then drink a bare minimum of 60 oz a day of water. If you drink alcohol or caffeinated beverages, you need to increase your water intake substantially from this minimum.


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My wife thinks they told her the stone was 10.8MM - or, about .4 to .5 Inch.
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There is a non invasive ultrasound or shockwave procedure that destroys the stone without surgery for stones smaller than one inch. There are minimally invasive procedures for large stones. How big is it?

See also:
http://www.kidney-stone-symptoms.com...ervention.php3



KIDNEY STONE PREVENTION:

Drink a minimum of 1/3rd your body weight in ounces of pure water every day, in 4 to 6 ounce increments.

I.e. if you weigh 180 lbs, then drink a bare minimum of 60 oz a day of water. If you drink alcohol or caffeinated beverages, you need to increase your water intake substantially from this minimum.


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ive given up drinking pop and booze altogether. well booze anyway. once in a while ill have a pepsi. waters alot safer anymore than anything else it seems,m as long as its bottled
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Calcium is the main cost of *most* kidney stones, so she may want to watch things like shellfish, and dairy products..

Water is absolutely mandatory, and cranberry juice helps a lot as well.
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My wife thinks they told her the stone was 10.8MM - or, about .4 to .5 Inch.
Hmmm. That should be treatable with the non invasive methods.

Get another doctor. Doctors are, well, quite variable. Some like one procedure, others prefer another approach. It's really more an art than science in some ways.

I fire doctors all the time. Some of the just piss me off, and I got tired of putting up with their misdiagnosis and mistreatments.

Find another - they grow on trees.


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Hmmm. That should be treatable with the non invasive methods.

Get another doctor. Doctors are, well, quite variable. Some like one procedure, others prefer another approach. It's really more an art than science in some ways.

I fire doctors all the time. Some of the just piss me off, and I got tired of putting up with their misdiagnosis and mistreatments.

Find another - they grow on trees.


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holy crap, i actually agree here.
Darin, with as much as you/ your insurance company are going to be shelling out it would be best to get aleast a second opinion
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Calcium is the main cost of *most* kidney stones, so she may want to watch things like shellfish, and dairy products..

Water is absolutely mandatory, and cranberry juice helps a lot as well.

Do not reduce dietary calcium as a way to prevent calcification. Calcium is critical, especially for women. Calcifications can occur regardless of dietary calcium. It is used in all our muscle tissues in addition to our bones. It is a critical part of muscle function.

To prevent kidney stones, ensure that adequate liquids are consumed. Cranberry juice IS good, but as it is a diuretic, you need to drink additional water (as you do with caffeinated drinks).

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My wife thinks they told her the stone was 10.8MM - or, about .4 to .5 Inch.
Lithotripsy is a valid treatment option in her case. Ultrasound pulverizes the stone, and she would essential pass "sand " through her urinary tract. I wish you both well.
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Do not reduce dietary calcium as a way to prevent calcification. Calcium is critical, especially for women. Calcifications can occur regardless of dietary calcium. It is used in all our muscle tissues in addition to our bones. It is a critical part of muscle function.

To prevent kidney stones, ensure that adequate liquids are consumed. Cranberry juice IS good, but as it is a diuretic, you need to drink additional water (as you do with caffeinated drinks).

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I did not state she should not consume them. I stated that she should watch them. Caffeine is a diuretic. Cranberry juice aids in breaking down acids, preventing the growth of new stones, and helps to cleanse the urinary tract.
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Lithotripsy is a valid treatment option in her case. Ultrasound pulverizes the stone, and she would essential pass "sand " through her urinary tract. I wish you both well.

She isn't so sure she'd not rather have them just cut out; passing ANYTHING granular through one's urethra seems...painful! Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register to forum by clicking here to see images.

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