Kidney Treatment in Southeast Iowa
Nephrology-Great River Medical Center physicians diagnose and treat kidney
- Acute and chronic kidney failure
- Acid base disorders
- Electrolyte imbalance
Associated problems include anemia secondary to kidney disease and renal
bone disease. Patients may have blood or an abnormal level of protein
in their urine. They may suffer from recurring kidney stones or other
problems. Nephrology-Great River Medical Center physicians provide trusted,
proven treatments that may include medicine and diet management of underlying
conditions. After beginning treatment, patients can expect to continue
seeing a nephrologist throughout their lives.
Diseased kidneys can stop functioning. If that happens, two kinds of kidney-replacement
therapy are available:
Dialysis – This generic term is used for several methods of cleaning the
blood. You can do this in your home or an outpatient treatment center.
Southeastern Renal Dialysis is on Great River Medical Center's campus.
Kidney transplant – A patient whose kidneys have stopped functioning may receive a
donor's kidney. Kidney transplants are performed at centers that specialize
in these procedures. After the surgery, the physicians at Nephrology-Great
River Medical Center continue to treat patients along with the transplant
physicians to ensure the function of your new kidney.
Besides reviewing your medical history and doing a physical examination,
nephrologists may order blood tests, urine tests or diagnostic imaging
studies. A kidney biopsy may be needed to diagnose and manage your kidney disease.
Your First Visit with Us
Most patients come to Nephrology-Great River Medical Center by referral
from their primary-care physicians. Your primary-care physician should
send copies of your pertinent medical history and reports of all laboratory
tests for one full year before your appointment. Please check to see if
this has been done before arriving for an appointment.
If someone has a family history of kidney disease, it is possible to become
a patient without a physician referral. Please call the clinic –
(319) 768-4380 – and the staff will ask you for information about
your health history. A physician will review that information, and you
will receive a return call. If an appointment is scheduled, please ask
your primary-care physician to send the information above to our clinic.
Bring to your appointment:
- Insurance card
- List of medicines you are taking, including over-the-counter medicines,
vitamins, supplements, cold remedies and prescription medicines. Be sure
to update your medicine list every time there is a change, and bring a
copy to your next appointment.
Come with a full bladder so you can provide a urine sample for testing.
During your appointment, your nephrologist will review your medical history
and laboratory results with you. You will discuss symptoms, and talk about
your diet and exercise. The physician will do a physical examination and
probably will order tests to pinpoint the cause of your kidney disease.
He may prescribe medicine.