Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    • Why am I being referred to a Nephrologist?

      • Patients are referred to nephrologists for several reasons, some of which may be: abnormal kidney function based on recent lab results, high blood pressure, an abnormal urinalysis, kidney stones, kidney cysts, congenital kidney diseases, proteinuria, hematuria, and/or a prior removal of a kidney.

        Our Board Certified physicians will review your records and history to determine the nature of the problem and the appropriate care and treatment plan for you.

    • What happens after my office visit?

      • At the end of your office visit, your physician will provide you with information about the necessary tests for your medical condition and provide you with a return appointment. Written communication with your referring physician will be sent by fax or email. You will be provided with contact information on how to reach us in the event you have questions or problems that may arise before your next appointment.

    • What is a Nephrologist?

      • A nephrologist is a physician who, upon completing residency in Internal Medicine spent a minimum of two additional years in a subspeciality training in nephrology focusing on diseases of the kidney.

    • How is a nephrologist different from a urologist?

      • A nephrologist is an Internal Medicine subspecialist. A urologist is a surgeon who specializes in the urinary tract (kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra).

    • How can I learn more about kidney disease?

      • South Palm Beach Nephrology offers educational training for patients and their family members wanting to learn more about kidney disease. In addition, we suggest you take a look at the Quicklinks that we’ve provided to you under the Patient Information section.

    • Does every patient with kidney disease go on dialysis?

      • No. An estimated 20+ million Americans have some degree of kidney disease, while approximately 400,000 require dialysis on an annual basis.

    • How will I know when and if it’s time for me to start dialysis?

      • This varies from patient-to-patient. Most patients start dialysis with a creatinine clearance (CrCl) or estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) of less than 12 ml/min. The decision to start dialysis is based on a patient’s overall symptoms and their laboratory results.

        Symptoms such as nausea, loss of appetite, weight loss and increased swelling may all signal worsening kidney function. The laboratory tests used to determine the need for dialysis include creatinine, BUN, potassium, albumin and carbon dioxide levels. As your kidney function worsens, your nephrologist may request more frequent monitoring of your blood work.

    • What is creatinine?

      • Creatinine is a chemical substance made by normal muscle metabolism each day.

    • How can I find out about the best diet for my kidney condition?

      • Some general guidelines, like limiting sale intake apply to most people, but dietary consultations provide specific recommendations based on an individual’s chronic kidney disease (CKD) stage, laboratory test, weight and other medical conditions.

Did you know that...

...diabetes is the most common cause of kidney failure in the United States

...protein in the uine is the earliest sign of kidney damage caused by diabetes

...your risk of diabetes increases as you get older

...being overweight at any age increases your risk of developing diabetes

...if you are overweight, losing just 10% of your body weight can help control both your blood pressure and diabetes

...kidney damage can occur whether you need insulin or “just” pills to control your diabetes

...high blood pressure adds to the kidney damage caused by diabetes

...some blood pressure medicines are more beneficial than others for people with diabetes

...kidney disease can be detected with an assessment of blood pressure along with simple urine and blood tests

...symptoms of kidney disease, such as swelling, tiredness, and trouble concentrating do not usually occur until the condition is far advance

...that making a normal amount of urine does not guarantee that you have normal kidney function