Last week I saw a new urologist who is closer to us so we don't have to make the 95+ mile trek for follow-ups.
He honed in on my last renal scan on July 2010 with results that showed 11% function in my right kidney and 89% on the left. My former surgeon ordered that scan and said he would "let sleeping dogs lie" and if I started having kidney infections or pain, we'd address it then. He only mentioned surgery to remove the kidney.
This new doctor wants another renal scan and if the blockage is still there and as bad, he's wanting to go in and put in a stent with a drain bag to my back. This would stay in place 6 weeks then be removed.
I'm not sure I want to have this done. I've had no infections, feel great, and frankly don't see the need for doing this.
My last blood draw on 6/9/11 showed a creatinine of 0.9 and a BUN of 19, with a Bun/Creatinine Ratio of 21.1. There were no red flags on the report so I'm really having a hard time understanding his wanting to do this kidney stent thing.
Any thoughts from the experts? I might add that our primary care physician is a 20-year bladder cancer survivor with one kidney.