If you've experienced a kidney stone, you know it can cause unpredictable and excruciating pain. You may be left wondering if another stone will disrupt your life — and how you can prevent it. At the HealthEast Kidney Stone Institute (KSI), we understand the impact of kidney stones. The Kidney Stone Institute is the first ever to be awarded disease-specific care certification by The Joint Commission for kidney stone disease. This affirms that our approach to care is consistently delivered across the most essential venues of care, from quality to patient experience.
About the Kidney Stone Institute
HealthEast Kidney Stone Institute is committed to providing excellent care, whether you're experiencing a kidney stone for the first time or have dealt with them for years. The Kidney Stone Institute works with patients to treat existing kidney stones and help reduce the chances of developing future stones.
We focus on:
Contact Kidney Stone InstituteA doctor's referral is not required to make an appointment.
Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm
Outside of these hours, you can call us and speak with a registered nurse who will review your symptoms and make recommendations to help you get appropriate care.
Kidney Stone Institute
The Kidney Stone Institute is located at St. Joseph's Hospital on the second floor of the dePaul Tower.
45 West 10th Street
St. Paul, MN 55102
What sets the Kidney Stone Institute apart
24-hour kidney stone hotline
Our kidney stone hotline (651-326-3830) is staffed by registered nurses who can review symptoms and make recommendations to help you get appropriate care. Hotline staff can also arrange for a referral to a kidney stone specialist.
Relief for kidney stone pain
Emergency Care at HealthEast hospitals offers quick, compassionate care to patients with kidney stones. We understand how painful a kidney stone can be. Our experienced staff focuses first on making an accurate diagnosis and quickly reducing your pain and nausea. In severe cases, admission to the hospital may be recommended. Once you are feeling more comfortable, you will be given a plan for continued care and then allowed to go home.
Our goal is to have you leave the emergency room (ER) with a clear understanding of your kidney stone’s size and location and your next steps in the treatment process. You will receive:
- Educational materials
- Prescription for medication to control pain and nausea
- Urine strainer and instructions
- The telephone number for the 24-hour kidney stone hotline (651-326-3830) if you should have any questions
Equal emphasis on treatment and prevention
We work with patients to best treat existing stones and help them reduce the chances of developing more stones. There is no single solution to stone disease. All patients are offered stone prevention services. After treating stones that are causing pain and symptoms, our next step is to focus on stone prevention. Our stone specialists will work with you to develop an individualized prevention plan. Our goal is to give specific and easy to maintain strategies you can use throughout your life.
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Hear our patients' stories
Inside Health Care with Dr. Portis and a local family
Hear from a family how kidney stones have affected their lives. Also, Andrew Portis, MD, tells about the creation of a standard for excellence for stone care.
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Hear from Andrew Portis, MD, as he describes patient-centered care at the Kidney Stone Institute
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