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Care & Treatment

  • Kidney Care (Nephrology)

Kidney Care (Nephrology)

Here at Cone Health’s nephrology program, we’re committed to enhancing the quality of life of those with, at risk of or affected by kidney disease through exceptional dialysis care, continuous education and community support. 

We’re small but growing, and as we grow we’re staying true to our Cone Health values and goals to be the leader in improving the quality of life for people and families who are dealing with or at risk for kidney disease. We’re right here with you! 

Though there’s not yet a cure for kidney disease, our dedicated team works together to bring you cutting-edge treatment to slow your disease’s progression, to address the underlying causes of your kidney disease and to treat symptoms and complications along the way to keep your quality of life as good as possible for as long as possible.

We approach your care as a team, and when you work with us you’ll have the following providers working together to treat you in addition to your physician:

  • Nephrology Nurse Program Manager
  • Dialysis Nurse Coordinator
  • Renal Navigator
  • Nephrology Nurse Educator
  • Nephrology Nurse Specialist

We also have the below resources available for patients who would benefit from those:

  • Dietitian
  • Social Worker
  • Care Manager
  • Palliative Care 

Dialysis

If dialysis is part of your treatment plan, you likely have questions about what that looks like here at Cone Health. We offer several types of dialysis, including hemodialysis, continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) and peritoneal dialysis. If you receive in-center hemodialysis, you’ll be seen weekly by your Cone Health physician to keep a close eye on your treatment and results. 

Hemodialysis: This is a procedure where a dialysis machine and special filter (dialyzer) are used to clean your blood. In order to access your blood, your provider needs access to your blood vessels, which is obtained through minor surgery to the arm. Depending on a few factors, this option might be available for you to receive your dialysis at home. For others, receiving in-center hemodialysis is the better option.

Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy (CRRT): Unlike regular dialysis, which takes three to four hours, continuous dialysis runs 24 hours a day and is increasingly used in critically ill patients with acute kidney failure because it is far gentler on the body. Patient are only able to access this form of dialysis when in the Cone Health Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

Peritoneal Dialysis: This type of dialysis is an alternative to hemodialysis, and uses a catheter inserted into the abdomen to remove waste from the blood. This type of dialysis can be performed at home or in the hospital (not in-center).

 

If you have additional questions about the different types of dialysis we offer at Cone Health, please contact us at 336-832-5100.