Kidney Treatment in Southeast Iowa
Great River Nephrology physicians diagnose and treat kidney disease, including:
- 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. Great River Nephrology 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 Health System’ 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 Great River
Nephrology 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 Great River Nephrology 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.