Dr. Roberto L. Collazo-Maldonado Honored With Multiple Faculty Teaching Awards by Methodist Dallas Hospital
June 24th, 2017
Tests conducted by your primary care provider indicate you may have abnormal kidney function. Early referral is important in preserving and protecting your kidney function.
Our physicians may request that you come to the office several days before your appointment for lab tests or you may be directed to a local lab more convenient for you. Doing so makes these test results available for review with you at the time of your first appointment.
Tests results and other pertinent medical information regarding your condition will be sent to your primary care provider. Should you have questions or problems prior to your first visit, call the office you will be visiting.
A nephrologist is a physician specializing in the diagnosis, treatment and management of kidney disease. After completing a residency in Internal Medicine, they have completed a minimum two years additional training, focusing on diseases of the kidneys and related hypertension (high blood pressure).
A nephrologist specializes only in kidney care. An urologist is a surgeon who specializes in the urinary tract (kidneys, ureters, bladder, urethra and prostate).
The most common causes are diabetes and high blood pressure (hypertension). More information can be found in our “Services” section.
Lifestyle and diet changes are key. To prevent the progression of kidney disease, it’s important to control your blood pressure and blood sugars. Limit your intake of salt and fats. Keep your weight down, exercise and stop smoking. Our staff will discuss what you can do to make better food choices.
No. There are an estimated 20,000,000 Americans with some degree of kidney disease while approximately 400,000 require dialysis on a routine basis.
This varies from patient to patient. The decision to start dialysis is based on a patient’s symptoms and laboratory tests.
Symptoms such as nausea, loss of appetite, weight loss, and increased swelling may all signal worsening kidney function. Laboratory tests used to determine the need for dialysis include the Glomerular Filtration Rate (GFR), creatinine, BUN, potassium, albumin and carbon dioxide levels. Your doctor may request more frequent monitoring of blood work.
DNA offers Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) education classes at locations around the metroplex. Patients and families are invited to attend. Additional information can be found on our website under Services and Resources.
June 24th, 2017