Introducing polls and surveys

Today we are introducing a poll on stent pain and a survey on stent removal to the website. We hope that it will help our readers easily see what other “kidneystoners” are experiencing.

Being able to share experiences with other kidney stone sufferers in the comments section has become one of the most useful and popular aspects of the website and we think adding polls and surveys are a natural extension of this community aspect.

You’ll see more polls and surveys come to the site in the future. Veteran internet surfers will recall that polls include only one question and allow immediate display of results. Surveys include more questions and the results will be added to the website later once we get enough responses.

In addition to our poll on stent pain that you can see in the right sidebar of the page, below is our survey for those of you who have had a stent removed. (For those lucky kidneystoners who haven’t had a stent, don’t worry, future polls and surveys will include other topics as well)

Questions you may have about our polls and surveys:

What are you going to do with the information I put into a poll or survey? We plan to do two things with the results. First, we will share the results on this website so that our readers can see how their experiences compare with those of others and so that readers recently diagnosed with a stone can get an idea of what to expect. Second, we plan to report some results in the medical literature so that other medical professionals can learn from your experiences in order to improve how we treat patients with stones. 

Will you ask for any personal information? No, none of the surveys or polls will ask for your name, email, telephone number, birthdate, address, or other personally identifying information. The only general information we may ask in surveys would be your gender or age. You can also always skip any question that you don’t feel comfortable answering. Note that information on your general geographic location is recorded by Polldaddy, the survey software that we use. This will only be reported at the country level.

Are you going to send spam/advertising if I respond? No, we are a strictly non-commercial website and will never send you advertising or share your contact information. Also, none of the surveys or polls will ask for your contact information anyhow. 

When am I going to find out the results of a poll or survey? Polls will show you results immediately. We plan to report the survey results on about a monthly basis. The results will be gathered into one page so that you can easily check on previous surveys. New surveys and polls will be introduced on a monthly basis. 

How long is filling out a poll or survey going to take me? Polls only have one question. Surveys will have at most 10 questions and should only take a few minutes to answer.  

As always, thanks for coming by the site and please let us know in the comments if you have any suggestions for us to make the site more useful for you.

-The staff

[EDITOR’S NOTE 3/13/14- our previous survey on stent removal has been closed. You can see the results here. Look for future surveys on other pages on this site]


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About Dr. Mike Nguyen

Mike M Nguyen, MD, MPH, is a urologist and an Associate Professor of Clinical Urology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC in Los Angeles, CA. He specializes in the treatment of kidney stones with both surgery and dietary prevention and the in the treatment of kidney and prostate cancer using the latest robotic surgical approaches. He sees patients at clinics located in Los Angeles, Pasadena, and La Canada, CA. He is the founder of the website.
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5 Responses to Introducing polls and surveys

  1. Dr Derek J James says:

    I have personally suffered from Multiple Bilateral Renal stones for several years, currently I have JJ Stents fitted to both Ureters, I have had these for a few months during which time I have been experiencing Polyuria, Dysuria and Haematuria along with great discomfort from day one!.Shortly I am to undergo my Fourth operation in which one of my Stents will be removed along with Laser treatment to breakup an existing Large 10mm stone( 85% Calcium Phosphate/15% Calcium Oxalate), I will certainly will have further surgery in the near future, but I hope this will allow me to return to work very soon!. Dr Derek J James (Diplomat and Consultant Forensic Scientist).

  2. Joanne says:

    I am extremely grateful that you have put this survey together with one of the purposes to improve treatment for patients. I have had three stents and have suffered with kidney stone pain for the past six months. When I reported to my first Doc that my first stent was causing a great deal of pain, he denied that it was common. If I had not found the hundreds of posts from other “stent sufferers”, I would have thought something was dreadfully wrong. As I have gone through two more, I commented that I could not believe that the medical industry cannot produce a more comfortable device. I do plan to write to manufacturers regarding this.
    Secondly, I hope to see a survey regarding pain management, as there does not seem to be anything effective that targets kidney stone pain, other than narcotics. I am extremely careful, and use when I am in extreme pain. If I had taken them as prescribed over the course of this six months, I would most likely have been addicted by now. Leading to some other problem.

  3. Jessica Lewis says:

    My 21 year old daughter has been studying abroad for one semester in Copenhagen Denmark. To make a long story short, she just had surgery to remove a 5mm stone that was lodged in her right uterer. She had a JJ Stent for 7 days that was removed four days ago, and has been in excruciating on and off pain ever since. It “kills” her to urinate, and she is experiencing pain and tenderness in her bladder and back (kidney area). No fever. Is this normal, and when will it stop? She had an isotope screening with contrast dye and a renalgram yesterday, results of which will not be determined until Monday. She flies back to the states on Tuesday (baring any unforeseen complications) and will be following up with a urologist here. Again, the question is about the extreme pain she’s experiencing in the aftermath of the removal of the JJ Stent. No medical professional warned her of such pain. Also, will drinking lots of water expedite healing? She is fearful of urinating because it hurts so much, but I keep telling her to drink, drink, drink a lot of water, and pee as much as possible, even if it hurts so much.
    Thank you.

  4. Stephanie Hojnowski says:

    I would have like to complete this survey more than once as I had numerous experiences with stents. One I pulled out myself and another I was asleep for. Different experiences with pain.

    • Dr. Mike Nguyen says:

      Thanks for your input Stephanie. We have now changed the survey to allow multiple responses. That way folks who like you have experienced more than one type of stent removal procedure can submit a separate survey for each. Let us know if you have any problems submitting a second survey.

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