An IVP found that I have a three-legged kidney stone, 1.7cm each leg. It is over a left upper pole calyx. There is a filling defect around the kidney stone, but no significant obstruction was seen. I am currently taking Bactrim daily to ward off further incidents of hemateria. The urologist who treated me said that there was no exit strategy for this stone, that it's not going anyplace and punching a hole in my flank to remove it would result in the death of the kidney. I have read about laser and laproscopic techniques to remove kidney stones. In your opinion would these techniques would be a reasonable option for me, or should I accept the "no exit strategy" diagnosis and just learn to live with it? I am 61 years old, have HBP and diabetes (latest A1c 5.7%). Thank you.