What Is End-stage Renal Disease?

How your kidney doctors in Des Moines, IA, can help when you have end-stage renal disease

If you have kidney disease, your kidney doctor has been helping you manage your disease. As the disease progresses, you may enter a stage known as end-stage renal disease. The kidney doctors at Iowa Kidney Physicians provide comprehensive kidney services, including treatment of end-stage renal disease. They have several convenient office locations in Des Moines, IA, to help you manage end-stage renal disease.

End-stage renal disease means that your kidneys have stopped functioning. Your kidneys can’t filter toxins and fluids efficiently, so the waste products and fluids build up in your body.

When you have end-stage renal disease, you may experience these signs and symptoms:

  • High blood pressure
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Changes in urination
  • Chest pain and shortness of breath
  • Foot and ankle swelling
  • Headaches and sleeping problems
  • Problems with concentration
  • Muscle cramps or twitching

When you have end-stage renal disease it means that you need one of these two options:

  • Long-term dialysis
  • A kidney transplant

Long-term dialysis removes excess fluid and waste through mechanical means. Dialysis can also restore levels of electrolytes and help control blood pressure. If you need long-term dialysis, you can find a location close to you by clicking here.

A kidney transplant procedure replaces the damaged kidney with a healthy kidney. The new kidney will filter out excess fluid and waste so dialysis isn’t necessary. If you are a kidney transplant patient, find out more about Iowa Kidney Physicians transplant patient program by clicking here.

If you have end-stage renal disease, you don’t have to manage it alone. Your kidney doctor can help. To learn more about end-stage renal disease and how your kidney doctor can help, call the kidney doctors at Iowa Kidney Physicians in Des Moines, IA. You can reach them in Methodist Plaza at (515) 336-6557, or in Riverpoint at (515) 243-3161, so call today.