Expertise and rankings

Experience and expertise

Mayo Clinic doctors are leaders in the treatment and prevention of kidney stones. Mayo Clinic has a nationally and internationally recognized program dedicated to kidney stone treatment and removal. Mayo Clinic doctors treat more than 8,500 people with kidney stones every year.

Treatment pioneers

Mayo Clinic's comprehensive, multidisciplinary kidney stone program is designed for patients who suffer from any type of renal stone disease — from simple to complex, using the latest technology available for treatment and prevention of stone formation, including extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL), ureteroscopy with laser fragmentation of stones and percutaneous nephrolithotomy.

Mayo Clinic developed many of the tools now regularly used during percutaneous nephrolithotomy. Mayo Clinic urologists were among the first to perform ureteroscopic stone removal and were instrumental in refining and improving the procedure.

Research leader

Mayo Clinic doctors and researchers actively study kidney stone causes, risk factors, prevention, diagnostic tests and treatment options and conduct clinical trials. Mayo Clinic is a founding member of Endourology Disease Group Excellence (EDGE), a research consortium of 12 academic institutions that specialize in kidney stone research and projects.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., ranks No. 1 for kidney disorders in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings. Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., ranks among the Best Hospitals for kidney disorders by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., is ranked high performing for kidney disorders by U.S. News & World Report.