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Mitrione Details Removal of Kidney Stone


Kidney stones have been known to grow to the size of golf balls. Bellator MMA heavyweight Matt ‘Meathead’ Mitrione appeared recently on Ariel Helwani’s The MMA Hour and discussed the kidney stones that forced him out of the main event fight with Fedor Emelianenko, just hours before the start of Bellator 172.

On the pain scale there is:
Stubbing your toe;
Being submitted by Frank Mir;
Being stung by a Bullet Ant;
Giving birth to a flaming porcupine out of your eye; and,
Kidney stones.

Mitrione told Helwani that on Wednesday he will undergo a procedure to have them removed. He found the doctor on his social network, nestled amidst the trolls like a diamond in the muck.


“I have six or seven stones in my right kidney right now, and I don’t have any in my left,” said Mitrione, as transcribed by Adam Guillen Jr. for MMA Mania. “I don’t know why that’s the case. I’m going to the doctor on Wednesday, a surgeon named Dr. Amy Krambeck in Indianapolis.”

“As much as I despise social media – especially after a situation like this where everyone is calling me a pussy and that I’m such a punk, coward – I was scrolling through it and a doctor name Bodo Knudsen wrote me to tell me there was one of the best kidney stone specialists in the world in Indianapolis. I followed him, he got back to me and he ends up being an endourologist in Ohio State University and he got me in touch with her, she calls me up today and I’m having surgery on Wednesday. They were like, ‘Look, this is a big deal and we’re going to take care of it.’”

“This kidney stone that came out of nowhere cost Bellator millions of dollars, it cost the fight world an incredible fight that I believe that everybody wanted to see, excited about and really hyped. I owe the fans a fight, I owe Fedor a fight, Fedor and I owe the fans a fight and I am going to get it taken care of, and it sucks that I am going to have a medal rod stuffed in me pee hole to get this thing taken care of so it never happens again, but I can at least eliminate this from any concern that will ever come up again.”

The stones will be broken up with lasers, removed, and then analyzed in a lab to determine the cause, so there is no repeat. And it is an outpatient treatment.

Mitrione was asked how the surgeon would get in there.

“Straight through my pee hole, buddy,” he replied frankly.

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