A nephrologist is
the medical specialist who sees you if you have been referred by your
primary care physician for problems related to the functioning of your
kidneys, for your high blood pressure or for certain types of metabolic
disorders that affect your kidneys.
Nephrologists perform an array of diagnostic procedures such as blood
and urine tests, ultrasound, and biopsies to determine your level of
kidney function and the cause of any damage. They commonly treat chronic
kidney disease (CKD) and manage dialysis care for people with end stage
Your nephrologist at Main Line Health
will medically manage your kidney condition and collaborate with other
medical and surgical specialists as your condition requires.
You may be referred to a kidney doctor if you are experiencing:
At Main Line Health, our team of
nephrologists offer advanced techniques in the diagnosis and
treatment for difficult-to-control hypertension–both essential and
secondary that results from another cause such as a tumor or blockage of
the kidney arteries. We manage:
Kidney Transplantation Program Voted Best in the Region
Main Line Health is one of only five hospitals with a kidney
transplant program in the greater Philadelphia area, and located in
your community close to home. The program is based at Main Line Health’s
Lankenau Medical Center and is certified by the
Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services for meeting the highest
standards of care for kidney transplant and was voted best in the region
by U.S. News and World Report.
Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy for Critically Ill
Main Line Health nephrologists have
been pioneers in the Delaware Valley and nationally in continuous
renal replacement therapy, one of the primary therapies to treat
those who are most sick with acute kidney injury or kidney failure and
multiple organ dysfunction syndrome and who cannot tolerate regular
hemodialysis. Offered at all four acute care hospitals, CRRT is a gentle
and slow therapy to filter your blood to remove waste products and
water. CRRT has a higher kidney recovery rate than intermittent
hemodialysis for many people since it is better tolerated, especially
for people who also have liver failure.
Coordinated Outpatient Dialysis
Main Line Health nephrologists manage
end stage kidney failure with renal replacement therapy called dialysis.
There are many ways that this therapy is administered, and the choice
will be made by your nephrologist’s recommendation. Options include hemodialysis
and peritoneal dialysis, performed at clinics conveniently located
near our campuses, or in your home after training.
Pioneers in Clinical Research
Main Line Health Nephrology has had a pioneering role in developing new
treatments and standards of care for people with kidney disease, with an
ongoing working relationship with the National Institutes of Health.
We have participated in two major NIH studies, the National
Cooperative Dialysis Study and the HEMO Study, that helped set
the standard for dialysis dosing—the amount given during each
We have also participated in a multi-center landmark study for
the treatment of anemia of chronic kidney disease using
erythropoietin, a protein that normally is made in the body by
Trials for the effectiveness of infrared therapy in treating
hypertension and renal artery ablation to treat
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