Thursday, August 27, 2009

Ever Heard of Lithotripsy?

Well, I had a CT scan of my kidney stone yesterday. Today I showed it to the urologist. He says I have to have lithotripsy. They don't do it in Kentucky, so I have to go up to Ohio.

When the kidney stone is too big to come out... uh... naturally, they have to break it up into little pieces. That's what lithotripsy is. They hit it with shock waves until it breaks apart. You have to be asleep, because I guess it would be painful if you were awake. Oh, great!

My sister has had it done, and says it isn't too bad unless they have to put a stent in... then it hurts every time you move for the next few days, or however long they want to leave it in... Ouch!

I am not usually such a coward, but this has me cringing. I don't have an appointment yet... they will be letting me know. Yuck!


rachel said...

I knew about lithotripsy (sounds a much better idea than surgery!) but not about the stent.... good luck; let us know how you get on.

judy in ky said...

Thank you Rachel, I will.