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For five+ years I had regular, annual monitoring of my kidney stones, either an x-ray or ultrasound at my local hospital. I only had one stone initially, found during an ultrasound for gall stones. Over the years I developed two more and now have two in one kidney and one (1cm) in the other, along with a cyst, which has also grown. Thankfully, so far, I haven't had any problems with them, although I do get urinary infections.
Two years ago I decided to move my urology care to another hospital as all my records, apart from urology, were there. I really wish I hadn't, as my original consultant was very good and I didn't feel as happy with the new consultant. After two years of monitoring under this second consultant the stones hadn't grown any more and I have now been discharged from hospital care.
Can anyone tell me if regular monitoring is standard practice in good urology departments, even if the stones aren't a problem? I would really like to go back to my original consultant and would like to talk to my GP about this.
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