Kidney Care

Our Approach

Fairview hospitals and clinics provides complete care for patients with kidney problems and diseases, from dialysis to kidney transplants. We are proud to partner with University of Minnesota Medical Center to serve our patients in need of a kidney transplant. The hospital performed the world’s first kidney-pancreas transplant in 1966 and has performed more than 7,000 kidney transplants to date. University of Minnesota Medical Center uses more living donors than any other kidney transplant program in the world.

Conditions we treat

  • Acute kidney disease
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Dialysis
  • Kidney transplant
  • Renal disease

Programs and services

  • Dialysis
  • Kidney transplant
  • Nephrology

Kidney Stones

Kidney stones are tiny, but cause a lot of pain.

Kidney stones have many causes and can affect any part of your urinary tract, from your kidneys to your bladder. They are made of mineral and acid salts. Stones often form when the urine becomes concentrated, allowing minerals to crystallize and stick together.


A kidney stone doesn’t typically cause symptoms until it begins to move. Symptoms may include:

  • Blood in the urine
  • Frequent and painful urination
  • Fever and chills
  • Pain that spreads to the lower abdomen and groin
  • Intense pain in the back, side or abdomen that may come in waves
  • Nausea and vomiting

Testing and diagnosis

If you think you have a kidney stone, your doctor will test your blood and/or urine to look for signs of infection and traces of minerals that may indicate the presence of a kidney stone. Imaging such as x-ray, CT scan or ultrasound may be used to view size and locations of kidney stones.


Your Fairview doctor will determine the best treatment for your kidney stone depending on the size and location of the stone. Expect to drink lots of water to help the stone pass. Pain medication will help keep you comfortable until the stone clears your system. Your doctor may also prescribe a medication that can help you pass the stone.

If a stone is too large to pass on its own, or if it gets stuck in the urinary tract, the most common treatment option uses ultra sound waves to break up the kidney stones into small pieces. This is called extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL). If the stone is very large, your doctor may need to use a stent or scope to remove the stone.

Make an appointment

To make an appointment, call 855-FAIRVIEW (324-7843).


Passing kidney stones can be quite painful, but usually causes no permanent damage. After you have had kidney stones, you are more likely to have them again. You can help prevent them by drinking plenty of water, enough so that your urine is light yellow or clear like water - about 8 to 10 glasses of water a day.

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