For Josh Halecky, there’s no other way to describe the pain he dealt with for years as stent after stent was surgically placed in his ureter to keep one of his kidneys from being obstructed.
“Life was hell, to put it politely,” he says.
The small-engine mechanic from Weatherly, Carbon County said he started having pain at 22 and initially saw a urologist about an hour away in northeastern Pennsylvania. After a series of stents were surgically removed and inserted over a period of years, Halecky was still in pain and increasingly frustrated. “The stents were hurting more than anything,” he says. “I was at a point where I didn’t trust doctors.”
Solving the problem
His girlfriend suggested he seek a second opinion from Jonathan Bingham, MD, a urologist with LVPG Urology, who has an office location in nearby Hazleton.
Bingham looked at Halecky’s most recent CT scan. “Within five minutes he told me the stent was never going to fix my problem,” says Halecky, now 28.
Halecky was impressed by how Bingham explained his options. “He made everything clear to me,” Halecky says. “He explained things so I could understand. He explained everything that would happen. He broke it down step by step.”