If the title didn’t get you to cringe, then maybe watching the video and seeing the images will.
Surgeons in India had to step it up and pull out some tools that aren’t typically used for removing tumors. When a melon-sized calcium stone was found in Maheshbhai Rasikbhai’s bladder, surgeons were horrified at the size of the mass. After the 49-year-old had complained of severe abdominal pain, doctors discovered the 11.5 cm x 17cm stone that took up a good chunk of his bladder.
The record-breaking stone was a major challenge to remove, which is why surgeons had to enlist the help of a crowbar to pry out the massive stone. It took one and a half hours just to remove the stone from Rasikbhai’s stomach. That’s not including all of the tests and procedures done prior to the surgery.
In a graphic video that is not recommended for those with a weak stomach, surgeons are captured working hard to remove the stone. One surgeon works at keeping the cut open while the other works hard to pry the stone out.
“I was suffering from excruciating pain for the past few days,” said Rasikbhai, who was admitted to the hospital right away. “After the operation, I am feeling better.”
The 1.4kg mass holds the new Indian record, surpassing a 1.22kg mass that was removed from a cancer patient’s abdomen in 2010.
According to the patient, the pain started in the night at some point and it showed no signs of going away.
Evidently, spontaneous stone formation inside the body is very common in India and worldwide, and after medical investigations following the procedure, the surgeons and doctors discovered that it was a giant stone in his abdomen.
Some of the reasons associated with the stone formation that occurred in this patient’s body are a high level of calcium in his urine and an improper flow of urine. It turns out that this specific patient had an accident in 1997 and suffered an injury to his urethra. Doctors are saying that this certainly may have been a contributor. Doctors say that a typical urinary bladder stone is 1-3cm, so this one was exceptionally huge.
Commenters had several different theories for the reason behind the massive stone…
“Looks like most weird medical conditions come from India, evidently due to their predominant veganism.”
“Probably caused by too much dairy products and lack of magnesium.”
We’ve all heard how painful normal-sized kidney stones can be, so imagine one of this capacity…
“My husband had a 3mm stone and was in agony… gawd knows how this poor Indian man felt!!!!”
And others had some pretty valid questions…
“How did he manage to pee?”
It would be interesting to find out how long this stone had been developing in his body and it’s baffling how he never suffered from any pain until the evening before his diagnosis. It’s hard to believe that something of that size was growing in his body without being detected.
The patient has received and is not living a pain-free life.