McKayla Maroney Posts Teary-Eyed Photos Before Heading into Surgery

by Suzanne Halliburton

McKayla Maroney was teary-eyed before her Thursday morning surgery as she posted photos of herself on her Instagram account.

But the Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast was celebrating later in the day. OK, celebrating might be a bit too strong. She heaved a sigh of relief that doctors finished a procedure to deal with painful kidney stones. And then she put on a touch of gloss and gave her best pouty smile for the camera.

“Not gonna lie,” Maroney wrote. “I really didn’t want surgery. I was pretty sad and scared of bad possible outcomes and the pain. I’m happy it’s over. But it’s gonna be at least another week of pain with this stint then I’ll be good, I think.”

McKayla Maroney Was Rushed to ER a Month Ago

About a month ago, Maroney needed to be rushed to the emergency room in the middle of the night because she was in pain and throwing up. These were classic symptoms.

She told her 1.3 million Instagram followers about her ordeal.

“Tuesday I was throwing up all day, with severe pain in my back and stomach. Had to come to ER at 3am because pain kept getting worse, and I couldn’t stop throwing up… Just got my CT scan back. I have a few kidney stones.”

Then Maroney gave another update.

“Home from ER. They treated me wonderful, but unfortunately nothing has changed, just on pain management.”

Kidney Stones Are Fairly Common. Maroney Says She Faces a Week More of Treatment

Kidney stones are fairly common. But if they don’t pass on their own, doctors need to clean them out of your kidneys.

The medical site WebMD explained what doctors do to treat kidney stones. An X-ray or ultrasound is used to identify how many stones are in the kidneys and where they are. The doctor aims what’s called “high-energy shock waves” at your kidney to break up the stones into smaller pieces. That way they’re easier to flush from your body.

A doctor may attach a stint or tube to help the stones pass. The procedure lasts about an hour and patients usually go home that day. Then, the patient is told to drink lots of water.

Gymnast Starred in 2012 London Games

McKayla Maroney was one of the American stars at the 2012 Olympics in London. She was part of the U.S. gymnastics team that won gold. It was the second-ever team gold medal won by an American women’s squad.

But it was the first time U.S. women were victorious at an Olympics on foreign soil. The women’s team won gold in 1996, but those games were in Atlanta.

Maroney also was one of the best vaulters in the sport. She earned the silver medal in the event. And that was an upset. You probably remember all the “McKayla Is Not Impressed” memes that flooded Twitter. Maroney also won the world vaulting title, twice.

She’s now 25 and retired from the sport