A team of doctors at the Asian Institute of Nephrology & Urology (AINU) in Hyderabad successfully removed 300 kidney stones from a 75-year-old farmer who was suffering from severe pain and discomfort for months.
The patient, M Ram Reddy, hails from Karimnagar district in Telangana. He underwent an ultrasound and a CT scan that revealed a massive stone of more than 7 cm size in his right kidney. The large stone was composed of multiple smaller stones that numbered over 300.
The doctors performed a minimally invasive surgery called percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL) to break and remove the stones using a small incision in the back. The procedure lasted for about two hours and all the stones were cleared from the patient’s kidney.
Dr Taif Bendigeri, the consultant urologist at AINU, said that this was a rare and challenging case as the patient had multiple comorbidities like diabetes, hypertension and coronary artery disease. He also said that such large stones can cause irreversible damage to the kidney if left untreated.
The patient was discharged on the second day after the surgery and is doing well. He expressed his gratitude to the doctors for saving his kidney and relieving him of his agony.