St. Mary’s Nephrology Clinic helps those with kidney disease
November 01, 2012
You could probably draw a simple picture of your kidneys. They’re shaped like those beans, right? But do you know what your kidneys do? And what happens when they don’t do it?
Simply put, the kidneys are like filters and chemical factories that remove waste products from the body, keep our fluids in balance, regulate blood pressure, and help build healthy bones and red blood cells. Kidney disease can be a “silent” illness with no outward symptoms. But it can be detected through blood pressure, urine, and blood tests, all part of a routine physical exam, says Matthew Cyphers, MD, nephrologist and medical director of St. Mary’s Nephrology Clinic. “Kidney disease doesn’t have to lead to kidney failure, dialysis, and kidney transplant,” Cyphers says. “Early detection often means the disease can be slowed or halted.”
In addition to managing care for patients with chronic kidney disease and receiving dialysis (the artificial filtering process when kidneys aren’t doing the job) in the hospital, in outpatient clinics in Grand Junction and Montrose, and at home, the physicians of St. Mary’s Nephrology Clinic treat patients with recurring kidney stones, difficult-to-control hypertension, early signs of kidney disease, and acute kidney failure.