Nephrology & Kidney Diseases
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Indiana University Health Nephrology is committed to the comprehensive evaluation and treatment of kidney disorders, transplantation and hypertension. Our highly skilled nephrologists, nurse practitioners and nurses work together to provide specialized, expert care in the management and treatment of acute and chronic kidney disease, hypertension, kidney stones, dialysis, transplant and other kidney related conditions.
Nephrology & Kidney Diseases Treatment
IU Health Nephrology offers comprehensive evaluation, treatment and management services for kidney disease and hypertension, transplantation and dialysis. We are dedicated to providing inpatient, outpatient and home therapy services to manage patients through comprehensive care by a dedicated group of healthcare professionals. Some of the symptoms and problems we treat include anemia, bone mineral disease, kidney stones, hypertension, and proteinuria and hematuria.
Chronic Kidney Disease
Chronic kidney disease has many causes and while some types of kidney disease can be treated and cured, other types can only be slowed and may eventually progress. In order to minimize the damage done by the disease and prevent the progression of kidney disease, IU Health Nephrology prescribes needed medication, dietary interventions and educates patients on preventative treatments to preserve kidney function. Treatments to preserve kidney function can include dietary interventions, diabetes management, weight management and medications to treat high blood pressure, anemia, bone disease, and hormone deficiencies associated with chronic kidney disease.
Hypertension management treatments work to lower high blood pressure through medication and lifestyle changes to prevent or slow organ damage. Nephrologists specialize in difficult to control hypertension. Lifestyle changes to manage hypertension can include weight management, healthy diet, regular exercise, limited alcohol consumption and eliminating smoking. Managing hypertension through medication and lifestyle changes also reduces a patient’s risk of stroke, heart conditions and kidney disease.
For the first few months after a kidney transplant, IU Health Nephrologists work in coordination with a patient’s transplant surgeon and Nephrologist on a continuous basis to oversee diagnostic and medical care. Post kidney transplant treatments include medication, physical examinations, blood tests, urine tests and X-Rays.
Dialysis is a treatment procedure that substitutes for the normal duties of the kidneys and allows patients with chronic kidney disease to live productive lives. A physician will work with patients to determine when symptoms or blood tests may require dialysis. Depending on the patient’s condition and preferences, dialysis can be done in an outpatient unit or at home. IU Health Nephrology is a world leader in the delivery of home dialysis therapies.
Kidney Stones Management
Kidney stone management and treatment depends on the type of kidney stone and cause of the stone. The IU Health Kidney Stone clinic is a preventive clinic where the cause of recurrent stones is determined through history, blood tests, and specialized urine studies. Dietary and medication therapies are then started and tests are utilized to monitor response. In the vast majority of patients, stones can be stopped or the frequency reduced.
Proteinuria and Hematuria Management
Proteinuria and Hematuria are symptoms of underlying kidney disease. The kidney acts as a filter of blood and when protein (proteinuria) or blood (hematuria) appears in the urine it is a sign of underlying kidney problems. Proteinuria is often associated with diabetes and hypertension, but diseases that are specific to the kidney may also be the cause. Hematuria is often a symptom of internal damage to the kidney. The kidney specialist can determine the cause of the proteinuria and determine what treatment is appropriate.
Nephrology & Kidney Diseases Team
The Indiana University Health Nephrology team is made up of highly skilled nephrologists, transplant specialists and nurses all working together to provide the highest level of continual kidney, transplantation and hypertension care. Our nephrology team is committed to working closely with you and your primary care physician to fully explore your treatment options and help you accurately choose the right treatment for you. Our entire team works to evaluate, treat, manage and educate patients to ensure kidney health, enabling our patients to reach their overall treatment goals.