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Post-operative pain following kidney stone removal
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Post-operative pain following kidney stone removal

  My wife, age 73, underwent internal surgery to remove a kidney stone. In the process of removal the ureter wall was perforated and a stent was put in place. During the first week and a half following surgery she experienced severe pain for an hour or two each evening. Her internist ordered an ultra scan of the area to check for any abnormalities. does this seem to be the right course of action under the above conditions? It has now been two weeks following surgery and the stent is to be removed in another two weeks.
  Is the removal sometimes difficult and would you anticipate possible problems in such? Thank you very much for your responses and your interest.  Ernest
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Dear Ernest,
In this follow-up to your previous posting, which was answered recently, you do not say what the findings of the ultrasound were.  It is appropriate to perform an ultrasound to rule out obstruction in a particular kidney, since obstruction could lead to pain, as you have described.  An IVP, which is a radiographic study of the kidney and ureters, is of potential benefit if your urologist suspects that there is a torn area that has yet to heal.  Removal of the stent is often without complication(s) or difficulties, and can be done in an office setting versus a hospital operating room.  It is important for you to keep your urologist (in addition to your internist) informed of any symptoms or problems your wife experiences.
This information is provided for general medical educational purposes only.  Please consult your physician for diagnostic and treatment options pertaining to your specific medical condition.  More individualized care is available at the Henry Ford Hospital and its satellites (1 800 653-6568).
Sincerely,
HFHS M.D.-BE
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