Since 1989, MKC has provided superior care for patients experiencing kidney related health concerns. MKC offers a variety of integrated services for the treatment of kidney disease and hypertension. These services include care and assistance with:
- Chronic Kidney Disease
This refers to a gradual loss of kidney function that occurs for various reasons. Diabetes Mellitus and Hypertension account for close to two out of every three cases of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in the United States. Nephrologists assist patients with treatments that are aimed at stabilising their kidney function.
Hypertension or “high blood pressure” is very common in the community, especially in older Americans. It can cause chronic kidney disease (kidney damage ) if not properly treated. Unfortunately, many patients suffer kidney damage without having any symptoms. A nephrologist can provide guidance with choosing appropriate blood pressure medications.
This is the process by which the blood is “cleaned of poisons” and is usually started when the kidneys are working at “10% or less” of its expected function.
This is the traditional way of cleaning the blood of poisons/waste products. Patients are placed on the dialysis (machine) three times weekly in a dialysis clinic (In-Center Dialysis). Increasingly, some patients are opting for performing these treatments at home (Home Dialysis). Nephrologists work alongside other members of the team (nurses, dieticians, social workers, etc.) to tailor your treatments to suit your needs.
- Peritoneal Dialysis
The blood is cleaned by “exchanging fluid in-and-out" of the abdominal cavity. This occurs via a catheter (special tubing) that is surgically inserted. Patients, and their family members, can perform this type if dialysis in the comfort of their homes. Highly skilled nurses provide the training and work under the direction of the nephrologist. Peritoneal Dialysis allows patients more control over their lives. It also offers the opportunity to work and travel , if they so desire.
- Anemia Management
The kidneys play an important role in regulating the production of red cells. With chronic kidney disease, the kidneys are less able to maintain the production of a special protein , haemoglobin. As a consequence, patients may become “anemic.” Symptoms of anemia include : fatigue, "shortness of breath, " poor concentration and “feeling cold.” Nephrologists are able to treat this problem with special medication(s). This is an important part of the plan to stabilise the patients' kidney function.
- Kidney Transplant and Post-transplant Care
Some patients may ultimately require dialysis therapy. However, after a series of special screening tests, kidney transplantation may be an option. This involves someone giving a kidney (a donor) to a dialysis patient (a recipient). This procedure occurs in specialized hospitals and has become an increasingly safe option for donors and recipients. Nephrologists work along with the Transplant team to help treat patients once they have recovered from surgery. This is crucial in our attempts to ensure the best outcomes.
- Electrolyte Disorders
Besides getting rid of poisons/waste products, the kidneys help to regulate sodium, calcium, potassium and other “electrolytes.” Unfortunately, some patients may have disease related to electrolyte “imbalance.” Nephrologists are specially trained to help treat patients with these conditions.