Kidney stone surgery

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Has anyone had their GFR drop after kidney stone surgery?  Mine went from 39 to 32 from June to August.  The surgery was in July.  I am very concerned as I have just one kidney.

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    Hi Kathi, I have a kidney stone in one of my kidneys that is doing just 10% of the combined kidney function, I was told that they wouldn't risk removing the stone as the kidney was so fragile it wouldn't survive the surgery so I would hope they wouldn't have removed the stone unless they thought it was completely safe for you, my other kidney got destroyed by a rare allergic reaction to an antibiotic I was given last year for constant kidney infections due to the stone, but I had to have surgery on an injured shoulder and was told that my egfr may drop temporarily which it did , it went from 47 to 33, a few months later it was up to 51, it stayed around 47-50 for 5 months, but due to having a gastro bug has now dropped to 40, so I think the drop could just be due to the surgery, I was told that even taking certain drugs can cause this and that it would return to its normal range which it did, I hope this puts your mind at rest a little, I feel that my life revolves around my egfr, so I'm always asking questions and luckily as soon as I feel out of sorts I'm given blood tests, I would ask for another blood test in a month or so to check your egfr again.

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      Good Morning!  My goodness, you certainly have had the ups and downs with your issue.  Thank you for your encouraging words!  My prayers are with you and all others who are living with these kidney issues.  I feel as though my life revolves around my GFR and creatinine level!!  Another blood test this Friday.  Will post my results.
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    Hi Kathi,

    I had a uric acid kidney stone.  It was not diagnosed very quickly. I eventually had an ultrasound that showed my kidney was vastly enlarged and the hospital kept me in.

    The first operation just pushed the stone back up into the kidney so they put in a stent. The second operation also failed to get it out.  Then they tried lithotripsy- it, too failed.  Finaly they used a laser from inside to break the stone up-success at last.  My GFR went down to 46% and I have contin ued to lose function slowly. I'm now at 25% but that has remained steady for some years.  I think operations  are better performed nowadays and kidneys often recover function over a period of time.  Good luck with yours!

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      Hi Lynn,

      Thank you for your kind thoughts.  My kidney stone issue was not seen through an ultrasound however blood in my urine continued off and on for the next eight months.  Finally a CTscan showed them.  I had NO symptoms of pain.  There was no discussion as to method to get them out. . .it had to be surgery and immediately.  Nephrologist and urologist were afraid I would try to pass them and fail. . .thus, go into renal failure.  Hope test this week shows GFR improvement.  As I posted in another discussion, it is IMPORTANT you do not take any pain meds which have ibuprofen!!  Good luck to you!

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