Anemia commonly develops in kidney patients. This can cause many symptoms including tiredness and fatigue, lack of endurance, shortness of breath, and feeling cold all the time. We can help manage anemia through medications such as iron and Epo, allowing patients to feel better as the anemia is treated.
Check out this newspaper article of one of our doctors, Harlan Rust written in The Virginian-Pilot.
Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Management
Chronic Kidney disease (CKD) simply means that the kidneys are either damaged or not functioning at 100%. This can develop from many causes, most commonly diabetes and HTN or Hypertension. Not all patients with CKD require the same treatment for their condition. We are committed to creating an individualized treatment plan for each one of our patients. Whether this involves diet and lifestyle changes, medications, or even dialysis or transplant, we’re with you every step of the way.
Dialysis and Home Dialysis
Dialysis can sometimes be necessary to treat kidney failure when it becomes very severe. While dialysis is a medical marvel, it can also be a major life change for patients. Similar to CKD treatment, dialysis is not a “one size fits all” therapy. We will work to educate our patients on all the different options available to them, including therapies that can be performed in the home. Home HD and home PD can be excellent options for some who prefer to take a more active role in their care. We will partner with each patient to determine the prescription that works best for them.
Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) Treatment
HTN frequently will cause kidney disease and it also arises many times as a result of kidney disease. We pride ourselves in being the “HTN experts” and can help manage even the toughest cases both through lifestyle changes and medications.
Kidney Stones (Nephrolithiasis) Treatment
Patients who have suffered from kidney stones frequently comment how painful these episodes can be. For many patients, it is unfortunate that these episodes tend to be recurrent. While urologists or Emergency room doctors will commonly treat patients as they are passing a kidney stone, many patients are never told what they can do to prevent recurrences. Through sophisticated blood and urine testing, we can target dietary changes and/or use medications that can markedly lower the risk of future stones.
Polycystic Kidney Disease
Polycystic kidney disease is the most common genetic disease in the world. This disease that can be present within a family tree. It can lead to kidney failure because healthy kidney tissues are crowded out by multiple enlarging cysts that occur in both kidneys. Nephrology Associates of Tidewater is the only practice in the Hampton Roads recognized by the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation as a experts in the diagnosis and treatment of PCKD.
For patients with severe kidney disease, kidney transplant may be the best option. All our doctors believe strongly in the benefits of organ transplantation and have worked tirelessly to ensure that our patients have easy access to this life saving therapy. In fact, our practice helped in the founding of the kidney transplant program at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital as well as Lifenet, the organ procurement organization that supports transplants throughout the state of Virginia.