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After many lithos and very bad kidney infections,and a stint in for 6 months..I am going to get a pcnl. They are doing in in 2 stages..first the tube placement and then a few days later (for some reason still unclear ) the surgery and the 2-4 day hospital stay. After reading the boards, I found a lot of info...just not much on the 2-step method. I,ve been dealing with this giant stone (4-5 cent.) since April with a 10 day hospital stay due to a life and kidney threataning infection. Ive been hospitalized 3 times with infection and pain. My doctor changed the stint 3 weeks ago and tried to remove it in the office which didnt work due to stones forming on the tube. OUCH! Has anyone had the pcnl done in the two stages? I will have the tube in my back and drainage bag on my side while dropping the grandchildren off to school. Many drawbacks??? I am just wondering what I am in for now.
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