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A missed kidney stone during surgery

I have recently had a large kidney stone removed (67mm) by surgery. I was in hospital for 5 days after surgery and then during the first follow up appointment about 10 days after surgery they discovered that I still had a 12mm stone in the same kidney. The stone showed up on X-ray but not on Ultra-sound and then showed clearly on a CT Scan.
They are now saying that I need to have it removed by laser lithotripsy. Firstly, it seems a little soon to go through with this so soon after surgery as I'm still quite swollen (now 35 days after surgery). And of course I want to know how could they have missed a 12mm stone in the first instance when it could have been removed during the surgery removal of the 67mm stone.

to summarise:
1. How did they miss the 12mm stone.
2. is it now safe to have the laser lithotripsy to remove the 12mm stone while I'm still swollen.
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Hi Darren. In muy case they opened me to remove a 42mm x 35mm stone, they said they could not "locate" the stone and they ended up cutting out my entire kidney.

Later I learned that somehow it is not that easy as we would assume to open the kidney and look for stones inside. Plus 2 weeks after my surgery I was producing stones and sand in my kidney (the only one left).

It is too soon for any type of surgery and I would not think you are ready for that.
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