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. Mayo Clinic doctors perform an average of 190 percutaneous nephrolithotomy procedures a year.
  • 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 in 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, Minn., is ranked No. 1 for urology in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings. Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked among the Best Hospitals in the nation for urology by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic Children's Center in Rochester is ranked the No. 1 hospital in Minnesota, and the five-state region of Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2021-2022 "Best Children's Hospitals" rankings.

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