Kidney Stones in 2013
Thirty years later, I came down with yet another kidney stone. Having experienced one back in ‘84 was enough for me to cringe at the possibilities. However nowadays we have more advanced medications like alpha blockers which can help facilitate passage of small stones. We used Toradol for pain, which is non narcotic. In the process of diagnostics, we used a CT scan, which are easier and quicker to perform and do not require IV contrast. CT scans also provide more information to help with the treatment process. Once the stone was found treatment was decided. We had some options. One of which was ESWL (Extra-corporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy) which was not available back in 84. This procedure is non invasive.
However for my stone, a urethral stone extraction was done. Today’s instruments are more advanced and much smaller. This helped reduce pain and trauma during the procedure. This was carried out at an out patient facility. After the extraction was performed a stent was placed in. This was a more tolerable experience due to the softness and flexibility of today’s Stents. Additionally, the stent was removed in only 3 days.
All in all, treatment for kidney stones has advanced vastly. From medications to instrumentation we have great options to help you with this problem in an efficient and effective manner.