SCRMCNephrology

Nephrology

Treatments to Prevent & Slow Down Kidney Failure

Your kidneys perform the important role of getting rid of waste from your blood. Kidney disease prevents the kidneys from doing their job and can eventually result in kidney failure. If your kidneys fail, you will need regular dialysis services until you can receive a kidney transplant.

Nephrologists are board-certified physicians who specialize in kidney disease. St. Croix Regional Medical Center’s nephrologists focus on treatments that prevent and slow down the progression of kidney disease.

Conditions Treated by a Nephrologist Include:

  • Acute and chronic kidney disease, including end stage renal disease (ESRD)
  • Fluid and electrolyte disorders
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure) management
  • Kidney stones
  • Nephrotic syndrome
  • Polycystic kidney disease
  • Renal vascular disease

If someone in your family had kidney disease, you have an increased risk for it yourself. You may also be at a higher risk for kidney disease if you have had kidney problems in the past. Take the time to learn your risk for kidney disease and seek appropriate treatment to preserve their function for as long as possible.

About Dialysis

Dialysis is a life-saving treatment for patients with kidney disease. A dialysis machine removes waste from the blood when kidneys can no longer do this for you. When your kidneys fail, you will need dialysis services for the rest of your life unless you receive a kidney transplant.

Dialysis is a painless treatment, but you will need to have a needle pierce your skin in order for the device to work properly. Side effects of dialysis include nausea and fatigue. Most patients on dialysis will require treatment several times a week.

Contact us online or call (800) 828-3627 today to learn about our clinical laboratory and testing services at St. Croix Regional Medical Center.