Education

Dec
27
What is Dialysis, and Do I need it?



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When your Kidneys begin to fail dialysis may become a treatment recommend by your nephrologist. Patients who have Chronic Kidney Disease can reach a certain point where their Kidneys Fail. When your kidney disease reaches Stage 4 (severe, with glomerular filtration rate, or GFR, less than 30 mL/min). Dialysis is a process where a special fluid called dialysate (a mixture of pure water and chemicals) is carefully controlled to pull wastes out of your blood without removing substances your body needs. A partially permeable membrane acts like a strainer that keeps the blood apart from the dialysate, by only allowing smaller particles through. This membrane lets the wastes and fluid in your b...


Dec
27
What is a Procrit shot?


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During your visit here at Iowa Kidney Physicians, it may be possible that your provider recommends a Procrit shot as part of your treatment. When your body produces less red blood cells you may be diagnosed with Anemia. Red blood cells makeup of the types of cells found in the blood stream. These cells deliver oxygen rich blood to your organs, through a protein called hemoglobin. Due to complications of Chronic Kidney disease or other medical abnormalities, your body may not be producing red blood cells, and your hemoglobin numbers may be low. To boost your red blood cell count or RBC’s, your care team may recommend a Procrit shot. This shot sends a signal to your bone marrow to sta...


Dec
27
Should I have a Kidney Transplant?



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Having a transplant isn’t a decision we can make in a split second. It takes months and even years to properly prepare for the transplant process. Some things to consider are the risks and benefits of a transplant, medications and their side effects, financial coverage and
your ability to continue follow-up care. Once you and your nephrologist have discussed these risk factors the evaluation process will begin.




Your care team will grow beyond that of our office to include social workers, imaging centers, additional physician evaluations, surgeons, and a hospital team. A thorough evaluation of your medical history, as well as additional imaging and testing will be needed to ensure your...