Kidney function is essential for good health. These organs are located in the lower backside of the abdomen and are smaller than their owner’s fist.
Kidneys perform many critical tasks, such as:
- Removing water and waste from the blood
- Concentrating urine
- Balancing the acidity of the blood, its minerals and electrolytes
- Controlling the production of red blood cells
- Regulating bone metabolism
- Helping to modulate blood pressure
Each of these functions, in turn, affects multiple body systems. Nephrologists (kidney doctors) at Lourdes Medical Associates (LMA) are specially trained to care for the kidney and their related systems. Our experience with a large population of patients requiring medical care for kidney disease and deficiency keeps us on the cutting edge of diagnostic and treatment techniques.
LMA nephrologists collaborate with primary care physicians, endocrinologists, radiologists and cardiologists to provide the following services:
- Chronic and acute kidney disease management
- Kidney stone treatment
- Interventional nephrology
- Kidney disease prevention
- Treatment for conditions related to kidney disease
Dialysis and Transplantation
Using the latest national guidelines, LMA nephrologists work hard to help keep at-risk individuals from needing dialysis. This proactive approach allows patients to gain control of medical conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure, which contribute to kidney disease (also known as kidney insufficiency).
As a Regional Organ Transplantation Center, Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center provides comprehensive care for patients with advanced kidney disease who are listed as eligible for kidney transplant. The center’s nephrologists and transplant coordinators work with transplant surgeons, nurses, social workers and other medical staff to assure a smooth transition to surgery and beyond.