Anyone else here have a foreign object in their kidney(s)? (long)
About six months ago, I had a severely impacted kidney stone which required cystoscopy and laser lithotripsy. The surgery went well, though the first few days after surgery were horrifyingly painful, followed by an uneventful removal of the ureteral stent. About five months later, I experienced another acutely painful kidney stone in the same side, and went to the emergency room for diagnosis/relief. As it happens, I had another two stones on that side - a small one in the kidney, and another obstructing stone in my ureter (and causing me the pain). Several days later, that stone passed, thank goodness. There was one other thing the doctors noticed from the CT scan of my kidney - a thin foreign object about 2.5 cm in length in my kidney. The doctors assumed this object was a piece of a urinary stent which had been left behind in my previous surgery, and were not terribly concerned since a stent should not be terribly worrisome unless it has been encrusted with stone-forming minerals. They recommended I visit a urologist for follow up on the stone and foreign object, which I did a few weeks later.
Upon visiting the urologist, he asked me to obtain a chest and lower abdominal x-ray and to bring them to a follow-up visit, which I did. He examined the films, observed the foreign body and determined that the object was not a stent but in fact some other artificial foreign body which he believed to be either a segment of cystoscopic guide wire or possibly a sheath or plastic cover from the basket used to retrieve the stone in the initial surgery. The urologist then scheduled me for another cystoscopic examination (happened last Thursday, May 15).
In my cystoscopy last Thursday, the urologist could not find the foreign object anywhere in my kidney's collection system. A pyelogram done at that time revealed that the object is within the tissue of the kidney itself - in the hilus region (where all of the arteries/veins/nerves which feed the kidney form a junction with the organ). I know this part only from the hospital lab results which I just received this evening. I am scheduled to see the urologist again this Thursday.
I am, as one might imagine, extremely concerned and nervous for any number of reasons. I am worried about myself, and of course worried about what will happen to my wife and daughter should something go awry. I would be enormously grateful if anyone who has had a similar experience could share it with me. Thanks for reading.