Is There A Possibility That A Laser For Kidney Stones Is Done In A Patient With 1 Kidney Left?

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morning, my father had only 1 kidney left by accident and had to be removed. but now the other kidney has stones that need to be laser in a few days. is there a bad possibility if the laser is done, considering only 1 kidney left

1 Answer:

Hello Julll, Thank you for the question.

Kidney stones can occur in the kidneys, ureters (channels that connect the kidneys to the bladder), bladder, and urethra (urinary tract). This stone is formed from the rest of the body's metabolism in the blood that accumulates in the kidneys and forms crystals that harden into stones. This condition causes symptoms of pain in the lower back that radiates to the groin, in men, pain can spread to the scrotum, pain during urination, frequent urination, difficulty urinating, urinary tract mixed with blood, fever, nausea, and vomiting.

Handling in patients with kidney stones depends on the size of the stone after undergoing further examination. Stone size that is less than 4 mm usually can come out of the urinary tract and patients do not need special treatment. However, if the stone is larger, it is difficult to get out of the urinary tract and requires further action to overcome it. One of the recommended actions can be in the form of extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL). This action uses sound waves with high frequency to break stones to make it easier to pass together with urine. This action has a number of risks including bleeding around the kidneys, urinary tract infections, and obstruction of the urinary tract by broken stones. You should discuss this action further with a urologist who is treating your father because the doctor needs to check your father's kidney function first to ascertain whether this action has a greater risk for your father or not.

Hopefully this information is useful.

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