Nephrology care in Portsmouth
Nephrology is a branch of internal medicine that deals with the function and care of the kidneys—the two bean-shaped organs located in your lower back. Kidneys play an essential role in removing bodily wastes, balancing chemicals, controlling blood pressure and keeping bones healthy.
The kidney specialists affiliated with Portsmouth Regional Hospital provide comprehensive care for the prevention and treatment of chronic kidney disease.
For more information about our kidney health services, please call (888) 421-1080.
Our nephrology services include:
- Kidney disease screening and diagnosis
- Diabetes management
- Nutrition services
- Inpatient kidney dialysis
- Kidney surgery
If surgery is required due to kidney disease or renal cancer, our nephrologists in Portsmouth offer minimally invasive options that result in less pain, faster healing and a quicker return to your regular activities. Our laparoscopic techniques use small incisions and a thin instrument containing a tiny video camera to locate and remove diseased tissue or the entire kidney
Understanding chronic kidney disease
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) means your kidneys are damaged and can no longer filter blood as they should. This can cause waste to build up in your body and lead to other serious health concerns. Two-thirds of all cases of CKD are caused by diabetes and high blood pressure. Some infections, inherited diseases and injuries can also lead to kidney disease.
Treatments for CKD may include medication to lower blood pressure, control blood glucose and lower blood cholesterol. If kidney disease leads to kidney failure, treatment options include dialysis, kidney removal or a kidney transplant.
Maintaining good kidney health
Early detection and lifestyle changes can prevent kidney disease and kidney failure. To keep your kidneys healthy:
- Choose low-sodium foods.
- Keep your blood pressure below 130/80.
- If you're diabetic, keep your blood sucrose in the target range.