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Kidney Health

Your kidneys are responsible for filtering waste and excess fluids from your body. So when kidney functionality decreases, harmful amounts of fluid and waste can build up in your body. In most cases, you can prevent or manage kidney issues by making healthy, kidney-conscious decisions.

In The News

Mankato rated by U.S. News & World Report

The hospital at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato was recognized on U.S. News & World Report's "Best Hospitals" rankings.

July 27, 2021

From The Blog

Hands on back over kidneys

Kidney stones: Tiny and painful, but treatable

The excruciating pain caused by a kidney stone can occur suddenly. Learn about how they form, personal risk factors and treatment options.

Dana Rademacher MD By Dana Rademacher March 11, 2021
Carollyn Gehrke

Kidney stone derails Carollyn Gehrke's holiday break

Carollyn Gehrke got more than relief from kidney stone pain after driving hours to Mayo Clinic Health System for treatment. Find out what she left with.

December 17, 2020
Jim Benjamin

Why Jim Benjamin is grateful for popcorn

Jim found a reason to be grateful in each step of his unexpected path to Mayo Clinic Health System and a better option to recover from kidney cancer surgery. And at the top of his list is popcorn.

December 10, 2020
Diane Baier

Patient reflects on surgical experience during pandemic

Diane Baier needed a last-minute surgical procedure before a planned trip, but then the COVID-19 pandemic changed how health care was delivered. Learn how changes the surgical team made kept her and others safe.

June 2, 2020
Carol Adams

Quick recovery from kidney cancer with ablation therapy

Carol Adams is only half joking when she says she’s had worse root canals than the treatment she underwent recently to kill a cancerous mass on her kidney.

October 10, 2019
Couple preparing a recipe

5 nutrition tips for chronic kidney disease

A healthy diet is essential for everyone, but it's vital for people who have chronic kidney disease. Learn about the five things you need to watch for in your diet.

Kristi Wempen RDN By Kristi Wempen October 3, 2019
Susan Kohnke

Sepsis diagnosis prompts quick action to save woman’s life

The graduation party for Susan Kohnke’s son was memorable, but not in the way she wanted. Instead of reflecting on day celebrating school successes, she remembers it being the day she developed symptoms of a severe condition that nearly claimed her life.

August 2, 2019
Ed and Darlene Waters

A perfect match: Wife donates kidney to husband of 43 years

When Ed and Darlene Waters got married 43 years ago, it seemed they were a perfect match. It was only recently, though, that the couple learned just how true that really was.

August 31, 2018
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After nine years on waiting list, Barron woman receives new kidney

A long wait was finally over for a Barron woman when she received word that a donor had come forward that was a match. It was a Christmas gift 9 years in the making.

February 12, 2016

Tuned-in technology: Program monitors patients from afar

Like everyone, Katherine Schmitz has good days and bad days — but the bad days are what worry her family and medical team. That's when her medical providers recommended she try Telehealth, a home monitoring program.

September 4, 2015

Dialysis is ... fun?

A gift of a t-shirt has lifted the spirits of one dialysis patient — who now inspires others.

July 24, 2015

Kidney-conscious decisions keep you healthy

Just like the rest of your organs, kidneys don’t last forever. In fact, according to the National Kidney Foundation, you lose about 1 percent of kidney function per year after age 40. There are lifestyle-induced factors that can expedite the loss of kidney function and lead to chronic kidney disease, which is the gradual loss of kidney function over the course of months or years.

March 16, 2015