Mayo Clinic's approach

  • Experience. Mayo Clinic has doctors who specialize in percutaneous nephrolithotomy; they have extra training in kidney stone disease and, in many cases, see only people with kidney stones. As a result, they have extensive expertise in treating this condition, including fixing treatments done elsewhere that have failed.
  • Teamwork. Because of their experience and Mayo Clinic's system, Mayo Clinic specialists are able to quickly and efficiently diagnose your problem and offer treatment. It's not uncommon to have an evaluation one day and corrective surgery the next, if that's what you want. If other medical problems are identified during an evaluation, an appointment can be quickly arranged with another doctor who specializes in that condition.
  • Research. As a research institution, Mayo Clinic has doctors who are continually studying how to improve the diagnosis and treatment of kidney stones. You benefit from those treated previously, and your treatment contributes to new knowledge for the future.

Expertise and rankings

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, and Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona, are ranked among the Best Hospitals for cancer and urology 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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Please contact your insurance company to verify medical coverage and to obtain any needed authorization prior to your visit. Often, your insurer's customer service number is printed on the back of your insurance card.

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