Baptist Medical Group Nephrology
The kidneys, two organs located on either side of the spine just below the rib cage, are responsible for filtering waste from the body. They do this by making urine, removing wastes and extra fluid from the blood, helping to control the body’s chemical balance and blood pressure, helping the body make red blood cells, and helping to keep the bones healthy.
The medical specialty of nephrology focuses on problems related to the kidneys. Many times when something is wrong with the kidneys, it is a result of other health problems, such as diabetes or high blood pressure. Similarly, kidney diseases may also affect the function of other organs. Because of this, nephrologists are trained to treat those diseases comprehensively.
What Do Baptist Medical Group Nephrologists Do?
The nephrology physicians of Baptist Medical Group specialize in diagnosing, treating and preventing kidney diseases. They often work with patients to manage hypertension and other conditions linked to kidney diseases.
Baptist Medical Group nephrologists also supervise treatment for patients with acute and chronic kidney failure. This includes dialysis treatments. Nephrologists also manage kidney transplant patients to ensure the kidneys are responding and functioning properly.
Types of Conditions Treated
When a patient sees a Baptist Medical Group physician who specializes in nephrology, they may be dealing with one of the following health problems:
- Chronic kidney disease
- Kidney stones
- Acute renal (kidney) failure
- Chronic renal (kidney) failure