Anemia Management – Anemia is common with chronic Renal Failure. The Kidneys produce erythropoietin (EPO), a hormone that stimulates the bone marrow to make red blood cells. As the kidney function decreases, EPO levels drop and patients become anemic. Supplementation of EPO can improve anemia and its symptoms of fatigue. This medication can be administered in our offices.
Iron Treatment – Iron is needed by the body to produce red blood cells. Patients with decreased Kidney function often do not have adequate iron levels for blood cell production. Iron deficiency contributes to anemia that is common I kidney disease. Iron levels can be restored by receiving IV iron which can be administrated in our offices.
CKD Education Classes – Our CKD Class provides extensive education to assist patients and their family in choosing options for renal replacement therapy. Options include Renal Transplantation, Home Hemodialysis, In Center hemodialysis and home peritoneal dialysis. Our class will provide you with information on all your options so, together, we choose what is best for you and your family.
Nutrition Counseling - Our registered Dietitian, Quention Lawson, has experience working with patients with diabetes, high blood pressure and decreased kidney function. He helps our patients understand how eating healthy with Improve their overall health and improve or stabilize their disease process. He explains dietary guidelines, label reading, and teaches our patients what is healthy for them and things that they need to avoid.
Clinical Research - Clinical Research is a very large part of our practice at Renal Physicians of GA and has been since 1999. Clinical research keeps us on the cutting Edge of scientific technology in Chronic Kidney Disease. Medications for diseases attributed to CKD are costly for our patients and by conducting Research in our Practice we are able to help with FDA approval for new medications that will drive down the cost of current medications. It also gives us the chance to be a part of new medications that will help with lowering the progression of CKD and keep patients off Dialysis. Research gives our patients the chance to be involved in helping future generations live a longer, healthier life and possibly preventing CKD. Our Goal in our research Department is to be able to provide our patients with every option that is available for them to live a long, productive life for this generation and the many generations to come.
Hypertension Management - Hypertension is present in approximately 80 to 85 percent of patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). The prevalence of hypertension is elevated in patients with kidney damage. Our Doctors and Staff work closely with our patients to achieve normal or targeted Blood Pressure. We educate our patients on the importance of maintaining good blood pressure control by taking prescribed medication, diet, exercise , and regular communication with the doctors to report blood pressure changes.