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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 removing 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 the 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.