Nephrology is a branch of internal medicine and pediatrics that deals with the function and care of the kidneys—the two all-important bean-shaped organs located in your lower back. Kidneys play an essential role in removing bodily wastes, balancing chemicals, controlling blood pressure and keeping bones healthy.

Understanding Chronic Kidney Disease

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) means your kidneys are damaged and can no longer filter blood as they should. This can cause waste to build up in your body and lead to other serious health concerns. Two-thirds of all cases of CKD are caused by diabetes and high blood pressure. Some infections, inherited diseases and injuries can also lead to kidney disease.

Treatment for chronic kidney disease may include medication to lower blood pressure, control blood glucose and lower blood cholesterol. If kidney disease leads to kidney failure, treatment options include dialysis, kidney removal or kidney transplant.

Advanced Kidney Care by Experienced Specialists

The nephrologists and kidney specialists affiliated with Parkland Medical Center provide comprehensive care for the prevention and treatment of chronic kidney disease. Services include:

  • Kidney disease screening and diagnosis
  • Diabetes management
  • Hypertension management
  • Care for glomerular diseases
  • Nutrition services
  • Inpatient kidney dialysis (hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, in-hospital acute dialysis)
  • Kidney stones management
  • Gout management
  • Bone and mineral dialysis management
  • Electrolyte problems management
  • Management of kidney transplantation

If surgery is required due to kidney disease or renal cancer, we offer minimally invasive surgical procedures, including da Vinci® robotic-assisted surgery. These procedures can spare nerves, reduce the impact of surgery, and shorten your hospital stay. Our laparoscopic and robotic surgical techniques use small incisions and thin instruments containing tiny video cameras to locate and remove diseased tissue or the entire kidney. Our surgeons have extensive experience with minimally invasive and robotic surgery, so you can rest assured that your care is in expert hands.

Maintaining Your Kidney Health

Early detection and lifestyle changes can prevent kidney disease and kidney failure. To help keep your kidneys healthy:

  • Choose low-sodium foods
  • Keep your blood pressure under control
  • Keep your blood sugar under control
  • If you’re diabetic, keep your blood sucrose in the target range

Learn more from the Kidney Disease Center at our online Health Library.

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