Recently had lithotripsy done for a 4mm x 9mm (calcium oxalate) kidney stone. An X-ray was taken before the procedure showed the stone was in the middle of the ureter. Upon waking after the procedure, I was told the doctor pushed the stone back up into the kidney, lithotripsy was performed and the stone had broken up nicely. A stent was also put in place (I'm in America, btw).
I went in for my two week follow up, which included another X-ray, and the stone was back in the same place but "slightly more fractured and a bit narrower". The stone is jammed against the uretal wall and the stent and now I'm getting the occasional bouts of pressure.
Mainly, I'm leery about a second lithotripsy due to potential long term health implications. Plus, I don't want to spend thousands of dollars on another failed procedure.
In the course of researching, it sounds like uteroscopy may only be an option on stones that are 2-4mm in diameter, which I am pushing those limits.
Curious if anyone else has had similar experiences? Short of expressing my concerns, I'm not sure what to do if the doctor recommends lithotripsy again.