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Have a 18 x 13mm kidney stone. Will it be safe to remove it? What are the risks?

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Have a 18 x 13mm left kidney stone.
What are the advantages of having it removed?
Disadvantages/adverse effects of the surgey to have it out?
What would you do Doctor if were me?
Posted Thu, 29 Nov 2012 in Kidney Conditions
Answered by Dr. G.Srinivasan 2 hours later
Welcome to XXXXXXX and thanks for your query.
Stone of this size can be treated using various options---
1.     ESWL – Breaking the stones from outside without any operative intervention. Advantage is that there is no surgery. Disadvantage is that more than one session may be needed and there may be minor damage to the kidney.
2.     Ureteroscopy and breaking the stone with laser. Advantage is that the stone is broken under vision. Disadvantage is that there may be infection, some bleeding.
3. XXXXXXX PCNL. In this method, a small 1 cm hole is made in the back - to approach the kidney, insert an endoscope and break the stone to retrieve. Disadvantage s that there may be residual fragments and bleeding.
The method chosen depends on the location, site of the stone within the kidney and of course expertise of the surgeon.
If left untreated, you carry the risk of kidney infection, kidney damage etc.
Take care and wish you good health.


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