At the International Kidney Stone Institute, our goal is nothing less than the cure.
From the time he was 12 years old, the doctors gave us no hope for a cure for Travis' kidney stones, which were a side effect of renal tubular acidosis, a genetic kidney condition. Before he was referred to Dr. James Lingeman at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, Travis developed hundreds of kidney stones and his life was filled with pain. He couldn't move because he was afraid he would dislodge a stone. Travis was frustrated, angry and had lost hope in himself. There was no hope that he might one day be able to take care of himself. I was waiting every day for him to die.
In 2005, Travis and I were referred to Dr. Lingeman, who performed a series of five minimally invasive surgeries on Travis' kidneys, removing more than four pounds of stones over three weeks! The entire time we were there, Dr. Lingeman and his extremely caring and compassionate staff made us feel like we were not alone. Dr. Lingeman also changed and modified Travis' medications and put him on a special diet to reduce the chances of stone reoccurrence. In 12 years, there was no other doctor who had seen Travis who thought it was possible to improve his condition. Dr. Lingeman's skill as a surgeon and understanding as a researcher saved and improved Travis' life.
Since his last surgery in May 2005, Travis has had no problems with his kidneys. Now age 25, he is finally pain-free and can live an active life. He can help with household chores, such as cutting the grass, and is planning on taking his driving test and returning to school soon.
No one else ever suggested that the stones could be removed. No one ever gave Travis hope. Now, all doctors who treat other side effects from his disease first confer with Dr. Lingeman. I can not express how much I treasure Dr. Lingeman and his work. When he takes those stones out, he puts back dignity, hope and joy. I want people to know about Dr. Lingeman and the International Kidney Stone Institute, so they can avoid unnecessary suffering and can consider supporting his research.