By Taniya Dutta
Doctors in India have removed a whopping 856 stones from the kidney of a man with a single puncture.
Munesh Kumar, 45, had spotted blood in his urine.
After he went to consult a doctor at Fortis Hospital in Shalimar Bagh, New Delhi, an ultrasound was conducted.
The reports showed presence of two large stones in his kidney roughly 33 millimetres in size.
But during the surgery, the doctors were astonished to find as many as 856 stones in his left kidney and urinary tract.
Dr Rajidner Yadav, Director, Department of Urology and Kidney and Transplant said: “The patient had a history of stones in the left kidney and was first operated in 2007. There were no visible symptoms of kidney stones this time, except for the fact, he started passing blood in urine only two days prior to the operation.
“The ultrasound showed the presence of two stones, which were roughly 33 millimetres each in size. As the surgery progressed, 856 stones were found in the left kidney and urinary tract.
“We performed a Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy (keyhole surgery for renal stone).
“All the stones were removed from the left kidney and urinary tract/pelvis in one go with a single 1 cm puncture.
“The surgery was done using minimally invasive techniques, which resulted in less pain and loss of blood and lasted for over two hours,” added the doctor who has done over 500 retroperitoneal sceptic stone removal surgeries without opening the abdomen.
The patient was discharged the next day post the surgery.
The kidneys act as a purification system for the blood.
Kidney stones are hard deposits made of minerals and salts that form inside the kidneys, which makes the urine concentrated, allowing minerals to crystallize and stick together.
Drinking plenty of fluids reduces the risk of stones. Common symptoms of kidney stones include, persistent ache in the lower back, pain in the groin, acute pain in the back or side of the abdomen, pain during urination, blood in urine, persistent need to urinate and pain that comes in waves and fluctuates in intensity.