Nephrology’s Patient Care Philosophy
K – kind, compassionate care for
I – individuals
D – dealing with
N – nephrology related health issues, striving to provide
E – excellent service for
Y – you and your loved ones
What is Nephrology?
Nephrology is the subspecialty of internal medicine involving the study and treatment of kidney (renal) disease and some forms of high blood pressure (hypertension). Nephrologists treat the entire spectrum of kidney diseases, including adult patients with early renal disease to patients with end-stage renal disease requiring dialysis, as well as those patients who receive kidney transplants.
Dialysis is a form of artificial kidney replacement therapy. Although kidney transplants are not currently performed in Great Falls, the nephrology division at Great Falls Clinic assist patients with post-transplant follow-up care, since those patients generally require life-long medications to suppress the immune system in order to prevent rejection.
Although there are frequently no symptoms associated with early kidney disease or hypertension, your primary care physician is able to test for these conditions. If he or she discovers that renal disease is present or that hypertension is difficult to control, you may be referred to a nephrologist at Great Falls Clinic.