WHAT WE DO
As board certified nephrologists, our patient population is comprised solely of those needing kidney care. 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 kidney diseases include the treatment of hypertension (high blood pressure), decreased kidney function, kidney failure, dialysis (artificial kidney treatment), and the care of kidney transplant patients.
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 the best care possible to help prevent or delay the need for dialysis. There are two types of dialysis in common use: hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. Depending on a person’s needs, dialysis can be done in a clinic, or in the 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 patient’s body. In peritoneal 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.
The kidneys are a pair of organs located in the back of the abdomen. Each kidney is about 4 or 5 inches long -- about the size of a fist.
The kidneys' function are to filter the blood. All the blood in our bodies passes through the kidneys several times a day. The kidneys remove wastes, control the body's fluid balance, and regulate the balance of electrolytes. As the kidneys filter blood, they create urine, which collects in the kidneys' pelvis -- funnel-shaped structures that drain down tubes called ureters to the bladder.
Each kidney contains around a million units called nephrons, each of which is a microscopic filter for blood. It's possible to lose as much as 90% of kidney function without experiencing any symptoms or problems.