Surgeons in India had to use a "crowbar" to remove a melon-sized calcium stone from a man's bladder (video below).
Maheshbhai Rasikbhai Patel, 49, was suffering excruciating pain in his abdomen when he was admitted to the hospital, reports the Daily Mail.
Surgery revealed a stone measuring 4.5 inches by 6.7 inches in his bladder, which took one-and-a-half hours to remove. Video taken during the operation shows doctors prying the mass out with a crowbar-type tool.
Maheshbhai's surgeon, Dr. Dhirubhai C. Patel, summarized the diagnosis and treatment:
After carrying out medical investigations, we discovered that he was having a giant stone in his bladder.
Spontaneous formation of stone inside the body is very common in India and worldwide. One of the main reasons of formation of stone in this patient could be high level of calcium in his urine and improper flow of urine. In 1997, the patient met with an accident in which he suffered injury in his urethra. This might also have helped in the formation of stone. We operated on the patient for one-and-a-half hours and successfully removed the stone.Urinary bladder stone is usually small in size ranging from 1 to 3cm, but this one was really huge.
Less than a week after having the giant stone removed, Maheshbha is reportedly recovering well in the hospital, and says he feels much better since the operation.
There is some question about where the stone removed from Maheshbhai ranks against other stones. The Daily Mail reports that his 3.08-pound stone beats the previous Indian record of a 2.68-pound mass extracted from the abdomen of a cancer patient in 2010.
However, in 2016, Mirror reported that doctors in India, also using a crowbar-type instrument, removed three giant stones from a woman's bladder which were also said to be the biggest ever found in a human body, weighing 4.4 pounds in total, and measuring 11.8 inches when lined up together.
Dr. Rajeev Singh, the surgeon on that occasion, proudly declared: "This is the largest and heaviest stone removed from a person's body." And he duly submitted it to the Guinness Book of World Records.
As he explained, "There is a Guinness Book of World Record in the same category that weighs [3.3 pounds]. The jury has accepted our application and the evaluation process is on. I am sure this case is going to set a world record."
The jury has presumably not yet reached a verdict.