Outpatient Nephrology Services
A nephrologist is a doctor who treats patients with kidney problems, hypertension (high blood pressure), electrolyte disorders, who are on dialysis, or who have a kidney transplant. Once you have been diagnosed with a form of kidney disease, early referral to a nephrologist is important in preserving and protecting your kidney function.
CKD stands for chronic kidney disease. CKD is defined as a decreased level of kidney function or the evidence of kidney damage for greater than three months. Sometimes the only manifestation is persistent protein or blood in the urine. Individuals at risk for developing kidney disease are those with diabetes, high blood pressure or a family history of kidney disease.
Once CKD is diagnosed it is important to determine the level of kidney function. The National Kidney Foundation has identified 5 stages of chronic kidney disease. Each stage represents a level of kidney function as defined by a creatinine clearance.
The 5 stages are:
- Stage 1 CrCl > 90
- Stage 2 CrCl 60-89
- Stage 3 CrCl 30-59
- Stage 4 CrCl 15-29
- Stage 5 CrCl < 15 or dialysis
Acute kidney injury (AKI) is the term for worsening kidney function that occurs over a short period of time, from a matter of hours to a few weeks - but generally less than 3 months in duration. Our physicians are experts in ascertaining the cause of the kidney dysfunction and in most cases can tailor a specific and individual treatment plan to reverse its course, restoring kidney function.
The kidneys perform numerous vital roles for your body. They filter and remove waste products from the blood, remove extra water from the body, and adjust levels of minerals, electrolytes, and chemicals in your body. Many medications you take are eliminated by the kidneys and may need to be dose adjusted for your degree of kidney function. Kidneys also produce hormones that help control your blood pressure and help your bone marrow make red blood cells.
Kidney Stones can be a cause for extreme pain and can result in long term kidney damage. If you have passed more than one stone, your nephrologist at Renal Hypertension Center can help determine why. More importantly, steps can be taken to reduce your stone burden and reduce the likelihood of passing more stones with dietary modification and mineral supplementation.
All of our physicians have received training specific to kidney transplant services. We routinely make referrals to local transplant centers when appropriate, and manage the transplant patients after transplantation has occurred in a location close to home!
With 11 convenient office locations throughout the Tampa Bay region, you can rest assured that Renal Hypertension Center has physicians ready to help you today.