Kidney stone care at Mayo Clinic
Your Mayo Clinic care team
Mayo Clinic specialists from several areas work as a team to diagnose and treat your kidney stone disease. Mayo Clinic urologists and urologic surgeons work closely with doctors in nephrology, radiology and nutrition to ensure that you receive the most comprehensive care possible.
Mayo Clinic has the expertise and technology to effectively diagnose and treat all types of kidney stones. For instance, Mayo doctors often use spiral dual energy computerized tomography (CT) to scan the abdomen — an imaging technology that's often not available at other centers. This test can help determine what type of stone it is without having to remove it.
Mayo Clinic doctors treat more than 8,500 people with kidney stones every year.  Mayo Clinic uses the latest technology to treat kidney stones, including minimally invasive techniques performed using small incisions or natural openings. Mayo urologists have extensive experience in performing percutaneous nephrolithotomy — a surgical procedure to remove large kidney stones.
Nationally recognized expertise
Mayo Clinic doctors are leaders in the treatment and prevention of kidney stones. Mayo Clinic's campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota have dedicated kidney stone clinics. Each kidney stone clinic is staffed by a dedicated, multidisciplinary team of experts, including nephrologists, urologists and dieticians who specialize in dietary recommendations for people with kidney stones.
Care focused on you
Mayo Clinic team members collaborate closely in planning each individual's care. This collaboration means your appointments will be coordinated and your test results will be available quickly. Evaluation and treatment that might take months elsewhere can typically be done in only a matter of days at Mayo Clinic.
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.
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.
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., is ranked highly performing for kidney disorders by U.S. News & World Report.
Locations, travel and lodging
Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.
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Costs and insurance
Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people.
In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals, or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.
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