Treating patients with kidney stones has changed significantly during the last 10-15 years with the advancement of technology and medical knowledge. Treatment can now be tailored to the individual patient based on a variety of factors including the size and location of the stone, the symptoms caused by the stone and patient's overall medical condition. 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. The three main treatment options are:
Our researchers are investigating the latest breakthroughs and discoveries to learn more about treating stones in the future, why stones form and how they might damage the kidneys. This research is being conducted in patients as well as in the laboratory, and is quickly translating new medical discoveries - and old discoveries applied in new ways - into effective treatment for patients. The following are summaries of recent and current areas of research on kidney stones.
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