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Renal Disease Surgeon

“More than 1 in 7, that is 15% of US adults or 37 million people, are estimated to have Chronic Kidney Disease.” – CDC

What is Renal Disease?

Renal Disease has various stages referred to as: End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), or Kidney Failure.

Renal Disease Q & A

kidney illustration showing a kidney in acute renal failure
The kidneys rid your body of toxins and fluids.

What do the kidneys do?

Your kidneys rid your body of toxins and fluids. They are considered the filtration system for your body. The kidneys eliminate filtered toxins and fluids through your urine. As kidney disease or kidney failure progresses, your body is unable to complete this process efficiently and a dangerous amount of toxins and fluids start to build up. In the final stages of the disease, end-stage renal disease or renal failure, your kidneys lose the ability to function at all.

What are the risk factors for renal disease?

The leading cause of kidney disease is diabetes and the 2nd leading cause is high blood pressure. When these 2 disease states are allowed to remain untreated and uncontrolled over time, they damage your kidneys.

  • Type 1 or type 2 diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Age > 60
  • Polycystic kidney disease

What are symptoms of renal disease?

  • Uncontrolled high blood pressure
  • Swelling in the legs, feet and hands
  • Skin rash/ itching
  • Fatigue
  • Yellow skin color
  • Metallic taste in your mouth
  • Nausea/ vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Changes in urination frequency
  • Shortness of breath

Treatment Options for Renal Disease

Depending on the cause and stage of your kidney disease, some treatments may be aimed at controlling your blood pressure or diabetes through medications and lifestyle modifications. If your disease has progressed past the help of medications, then your physician might recommend dialysis or a kidney transplant.

Dialysis is a treatment for chronic kidney disease. During dialysis, you are connected to a machine that pumps your blood out of your body and filters it before returning it to your body for circulation. The dialysis machine plays the role of your kidneys. In order to remove your blood and return it to your body, you will need to have some sort of conduit or access for this process. There are several different options for dialysis access.

Dr’s Eghbalieh and Abi-Chaker at the Southern California Multi-Specialty Center specialize in the creation of advanced dialysis access and perform more dialysis access creations than any other team in the San Fernando Valley.

If you have been diagnosed or believe you may have renal disease contact our office to schedule an appointment, call 818-900-6480.

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It's important to remember not all physicians are trained in advanced vascular and endovascular surgery. It’s a good practice to get multiple opinions and do research on the surgery and the physician.

Dr. Sammy Eghbalieh is the best vascular surgeon in Los Angeles at the Southern California Multi-Specialty Center

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SCMSC front office staff in Los Angeles welcoming a new patient experiencing acute renal failure