Kidney stones: Is surgery necessary?

Posted by c111fidler @c111fidler, Oct 23, 2020

My doctor says I have to have surgery for my three kidney stones I have they all range from 2 to 3 cm in size people that I’ve talked to said that they could be blasted by ultrasound and then I would be able to pass them this doctor says that I need surgery what do you think

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@c111fidler Welcome to Mayo Connect! We are not doctors, but patients, caregivers, and family members, sharing our experiences to help others on their own journeys.

I have only ever had one kidney stone, but my father routinely suffered with them. He had lithotripsy done a couple of times, but was not able to do it later in life. Here is an article from the National Kidney Foundation that discusses the type of kidney stones.

Things you may want to consider regarding surgery is the location of the stones. There may be other health issues you work with that will not pair well with lithotripsy. Pregnancy, bleeding disorders, kidney disease, are among those that might preclude that treatment. Have you asked your nephrologist their thoughts why they do not want to do lithotripsy? Have you considered a second opinion, at Mayo clinic or a large teaching hospital?

Please let me know what you think!

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