I am a 36 year old male and have been passing calcium oxalate stones since I was 19 years old. For the first time, I had a large stone become impacted in my ureter. As a result, underwent 2 ureteroscopic surgeries to remove the stone. The first procedure utilized the basket technique and was unsuccessful in removing the stone. The second procedure (4 weeks later) utilized a laser and was successful breaking up the stone. Both procedures required a ureteral stent. Today, I had a KUB x-ray to determine if the stent could be removed. My urologist indicated that the x-ray revealed that apparently several pieces of the stone were now outside of the ureter and had possibly passed through the ureter during the second procedure. He wants to leave the stent in for at least another 2 weeks and repeat the KUB x-ray. Fortunately, I have experienced minimal discomfort after both procedures. I was surprised that a stone could perforate my ureter and not result in significant complications.
My questions are as follows:
1.Should I be concerned that my ureter was perforated by stone fragments during the laser procedure?