Today I had a kidney stone removed. They used an endoscope and inserted it into the bladder via the urethra and went through the bladder and cut the stone into smaller pieces with a tiny laser. This is the most uncomfortable procedure I have ever had. At this time I have a string hanging out of my penis and urination is now absolutely aggravating as there are tiny open wounds in my urethra. It still beats having the stone but I am groggy and miserable.