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What is Nephrology?
A nephrologist is a specialist in internal medicine who has additional training in medical (non-surgical) kidney disease. Diseases of the kidney usually involve the health of many other body systems. The diagnosis and treatment of hypertension (high blood pressure), decreased kidney function, kidney failure, dialysis (artificial kidney treatment), and the care of kidney transplant patients.
What is Dialysis?
Dialysis is a treatment that does some of the things normal kidneys would do, such as remove waste and water from the body. It is provided when the kidneys can no longer take care of the body's needs. Not all patients need dialysis. Your physician will provide you the best care possible to help prevent or delay the need for dialysis.
What Kinds of Dialysis Treatments are Available?
There are two types of dialysis in common use: hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. Depending on a person's needs, dialysis can be done in the clinic or at home. The most widely used therapy, hemodialysis, is the process of passing blood through an artificial kidney machine and returning the cleansed blood to the patients’ body. In peritonial dialysis, waste products in the body are removed with the help of a natural membrane in the abdominal cavity. Your doctor will help you choose the method that is best for you.
American Association of Kidney Patients
THE IMPORTANCE OF NUTRITION
As with any physical health condition, nutrition can be a very important tool in the management of your health. With the guidance of your physician, these nutritonal aids are a valuable resource to utilize in selecting food choices to meet your needs to optimize your health.