UAE: Doctors remove nearly 200 stones from Pakistani expat's kidney

The Dubai resident also suffered rare recovery complication

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Stones removed from Mian Khan's kidney. Photos: Supplied
Stones removed from Mian Khan's kidney. Photos: Supplied

By SM Ayaz Zakir

Published: Thu 30 Jun 2022, 1:04 PM

Last updated: Thu 30 Jun 2022, 1:28 PM

A Pakistani national, Mian Khan, suffered from excruciating pain for the past four years of his life due to kidney stones.

The Dubai resident finally approached doctors at a UAE hospital for treatment as the suffering affected his life. The collaborative work between a urologist and an Intervention Cardiologist at Burjeel Specialty Hospital, Sharjah, extracted nearly 200 stones from his kidney.

Dr Vaibhav A Gorde, a Specialist Urologist at Burjeel Specialty Hospital, Sharjah, diagnosed Khan with staghorn calculus, a condition in which large renal stone branches out in the entire kidney. The doctors recommended the Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy (PCNL) procedure performed on patients with kidney stones resistant to other forms of treatment. Through this procedure, Dr Gorde could remove the stones and save the patient's kidney.

Mian Khan (centre) with Dr Vaibhav A. Gorde (L) and Dr. Rahul Chaudhary (R)
Mian Khan (centre) with Dr Vaibhav A. Gorde (L) and Dr. Rahul Chaudhary (R)

Complex procedure

"While PCNL is a common procedure, it became a skilful and time-consuming surgery in Khan's case. I removed as many as 200 stones through a small keyhole in his back, including a large stone of 36mm x 41 mm. The patient recovered well within three days of the surgery and was sent home," says Dr Gorde.

After eight days, Khan had trouble passing urine and returned to the hospital. Further investigations revealed a large clot in the bladder. After removing the clot, the doctors diagnosed Khan with possible bleeding from a blood vessel in the kidney.

This rare recovery complication occurs in 0.6-1 per cent of cases with only two options. "One involves emergency Nephrectomy (removal of the kidney). The second is a kidney-saving option called angioembolisation which involves very selectively stopping the bleed from vessels of hardly 1mm size," said Dr Gorde.

"It is a demanding and highly skilled procedure. We had a team ready to perform the second procedure," said Dr Gorde, who quickly shifted Khan to the Cath Lab, where the cardiology team was waiting to take over.

Dr. Rahul Chaudhary (Left) and Dr. Vaibhav A. Gorde (Right)
Dr. Rahul Chaudhary (Left) and Dr. Vaibhav A. Gorde (Right)

Dr Rahul Chaudhary, a specialist interventional cardiologist at the hospital, performed the super-selective angioembolisation procedure on Khan. The doctor inserted a catheter through a small puncture of around 2 mm and passed in a wire to selectively access the tiniest branch that was the source of the bleed.

"The blood vessel that supplies the kidney is like a tree with many branches that makes selecting the bleeder highly complex. If we get close to any other blood vessel, that particular portion of the kidney can get damaged," said Dr Chaudhary.

Dr. Rahul Chaudhary (Left) and Dr. Vaibhav A. Gorde (Right) in the cathlab
Dr. Rahul Chaudhary (Left) and Dr. Vaibhav A. Gorde (Right) in the cathlab

"The goal is to be as distal as possible to target the smallest and specific blood vessel responsible for bleeding. We identified the bleeder through the angiography, and we were able to block it," added Dr Chaudhary.

The procedure was performed under local anaesthesia, and the doctors waited until certain bleeding stopped.


"The patient recovered quickly and didn't suffer from post-embolisation symptoms like nausea and vomiting," said Dr Chaudhary. The coordination and collaboration between the doctors from two super specialities helped save Khan's kidney and ensure his quick recovery.

Khan is happy to have gotten rid of his worst nightmare, "Thanks to the Almighty and these doctors, I feel like I have a new lease on life. In three days, I got back to normal, and now I can do my work well. The doctors, nurses, and medical staff at Burjeel Hospital, Sharjah, took great care of me."

Khan, who works as a driver, is a father of three children. While his family is in Pakistan, he shares a special bond with the UAE. "I can say my life began in the UAE. This place helped me to earn and better the condition of my family," he said.

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