Education

KidneySPA’s comprehensive view of Health Care involves not only specialized and efficient treatment of renal and urological afflictions but also early detection and strategic prevention. It is our belief that the best means of prevention is informing the community about renal and urological diseases and encouraging the public to take an active role in their own health care.

We perform ongoing educational activities through our full team of specialists.These activities allow us to conduct clinical work with educational aspects that facilitate both the prevention and treatment of renal & urological conditions.

What is Dialysis?

Dialysis is the process through which waste products and fluid are removed from the body. Patients with advanced renal disease typically undergo this treatment while waiting for a potential kidney transplant.

Diagnosis

A person can have kidney disease without being aware of it, as there are often no symptoms until the disease has advanced. Research has shown that people who are at a higher risk for kidney disease should have their kidneys checked even if they feel well. A simple urine test and blood work can detect early signs of kidney disease.

If you believe you are at risk for kidney disease, ask your doctor how often you should be tested. If you can catch and treat kidney disease early on, you may be able to slow it down! Also remember to check your blood pressure and have labs done at least once a year.

Tips for Healthy Kidneys

  • Avoid a salty diet. Don’t add salt to your food at the table.
  • Drink at least 2 liters of water every day.
  • Subscribe to a healthy diet.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Stay active and exercise regularly.
  • Avoid regular or long-term use of pain medication (unless prescribed by your doctor).
  • Avoid smoking.

Other Treatment Options

Patients can delay progression of the disease by treating the primary conditions responsible for causing renal disease, such as diabetes and high blood pressure. The following renal diseases require specific treatments:

  • Lupus nephritis – kidney inflammation caused by lupus (or SLE)
  • Vasculitis – inflammation of the blood vessels
  • Obstructive uropathy – a condition in which the flow of urine is obstructed
  • Renal artery stenosis (RAS) – the narrowing of one or both renal arteries

For additional information visit the National Kidney foundation at kidney.org.