Messi played three games with kidney stones

Doctor Ruiz Marcellán, who operated on the player, explained the procedure in the Divendres (Friday) program of TV3

Messi played three games with kidney stones
Messi played three games with kidney stones

Doctor Ruiz Marcellán, who operated on the player, explained the procedure in the Divendres (Friday) program of TV3

Leo Messi
Leo Messi

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On February the 9th Leo Messi came back to the Cilica Dexeus of Barcelona where he was operated on for his kidney problems that started during the Club World Cup, the day before the semi-final against Guangzhou from China. Only 2 days after the operation, the Argentine came back to training with the team.

The doctor that operated on Messi is doctor Francisco Ruiz Marcellán, head of the Urology Service, who explained on Thursday how he did it in TV3's program Divendres:

The player's situation

  • "Va estar tres partits amb la pedra al ronyó, jugant amb calmants, perquè encara no l'havia expulsat".
  • "He played three games with kidney stones, playing with painkillers, because he hadn't thrown them out."

The procedure: lithotripsy

  • "It consists in applying a mecanic energy that generates a fragmentation capacity in the stone."
  • "This is done when the stone is too big to be thrown out."

Relapse

  • "With his genetic predisposition, it is very likely for him to have two to height kidney stones, until he's 50."