Treatment for Kidney Disease
A nephrologist is a physician who specializes in the treatment and management
of kidney disorders and disease. Generally, a patient does not see a nephrologist
until their primary care physician refers them to one. On an initial visit,
the nephrologist will perform their own examination of the kidneys through
blood and urine tests. They may also perform a biopsy if necessary.
Dr. David Kanar provides nephrology services at HRRMC. He is also the medical director
of our dialysis clinic. Dr. Kanar is board certified in nephrology by
the American Board of Internal Medicine. To contact his office, call (719) 530-2000.
Some examples of conditions treated are:
- Fluid & Electrolyte Disorders- A dramatic loss of fluids through profuse
vomiting or sweating could result in an electrolyte disorder. Treatment
varies depending on the specific disorder, but generally the goal is to
return the body to a normal mineral balance.
- Kidney Stones- These are the result of excess minerals in the kidneys that
form crystal-like substances in the urine. Treating small kidney stones
involves pain medication to make passing it easier. In more extreme cases,
a doctor may try to use techniques to break the stone up or suggest surgery
to remove it.
- Acute Renal Failure- Recovering from kidney failure almost always requires
staying at the hospital. A doctor will need to diagnose the original cause
of the kidney disease to create an appropriate treatment.
- Chronic Kidney Diseases- Unfortunately, many chronic kidney diseases are
impossible to cure. Treatment is used to improve the patient’s quality
of life and typically involves a series of medications.
- End-Stage Renal Disease & Dialysis- When chronic kidney disease reaches
the point where the kidneys can no longer function, a patient has reached
end-stage renal disease. At this stage, a patient will require dialysis
and possibly a kidney transplant.