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Hello. I posted a few weeks ago about my problems with kidney stones and my upcoming Shockwave Lithotripsy. The procedure is taking place in 2 days, and I've got some concerns about whether a stent will need to be put in place.
The lithotripsy is for an 8mm stone in my left kidney. The stone hasn't given me any problems (yet), but I passed a stone from that kidney 6 months ago. The lithotripsy is simply preventative. I've had x-rays and a CT scan and my kidneys are very healthy despite the stones (I have multiple small stones in my right kidney too, but they're small enough to be left alone). For this reason I'm quite confident that a stent won't be necessary, but will it depend on the success of the procedure? I really, really do not want a stent - I have a lot of anxieties surrounding the feeling of needing to urinate frequently, and by the sounds of it, a stent is a sure-fire way to have this feeling!
I should also mention that I'm in the UK and having the procedure done on the NHS, which may be slightly different to the US (I know in the US it's common for Lithotripsy patients to be under anaesthetic, but as far as I'm aware, I'll be awake for the duration of the procedure).
Like I said, the procedure is a few days away, so a prompt response would be greatly appreciated! Thank you.
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