End Stage Renal Disease Specialist

San Antonio Kidney Disease Center Physicians Group -  - Nephrologist

San Antonio Kidney Disease Center Physicians Group

Nephrologists located in numerous locations in San Antonio, TX, and surrounding Counties

End stage renal disease (ESRD) affects more than 600,000 thousand Americans and is the point at which your kidneys are no longer able to perform their usual functions to keep your blood clean. The nationally recognized nephrology team at San Antonio Kidney Disease Center Physicians Group has been helping the residents of San Antonio and the surrounding communities manage kidney health, and these experts offer a number of treatment options for patients with end stage renal disease. Set up a consultation by phone.

End Stage Renal Disease Q & A

What is end stage renal disease?

End stage renal disease (ESRD), also referred to as kidney failure, is a medical condition where your kidneys are no longer functioning well enough to perform their normal tasks to keep your blood clean enough for good health. ESRD is the end result of chronic kidney disease

Your kidneys are responsible for filtering the excess waste, sodium, and fluid from your blood and excreting it out in your urine. If you’re in end stage renal disease, your kidneys can’t get rid of fluid and waste, which causes it to build up in your blood, leading to toxicity.

ESRD typically occurs over several months or years and is caused by a disease or condition that damages your kidneys, such as:

  • Diabetes or hypertension
  • Recurrent kidney infections
  • Glomerulonephritis, an inflammation of the filtering system of your kidneys
  • Long-term blockage of the urinary tract from stones, an enlarged prostate, or cancer
  • Polycystic kidney disease

What are the symptoms of end stage renal disease?

As your kidneys continue to worsen, you may experience:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Fatigue or lack of concentration
  • Decrease in urine output
  • Loss of appetite
  • Itchiness
  • Chest pain or shortness of breath

How is ESRD managed?

When you’re in end stage renal disease, there are three ways to manage the condition, including:

  • Dialysis
  • Kidney transplant
  • Supportive care

Dialysis is a medical treatment that acts as a replacement for your kidneys. The two types of dialysis include hemodialysis, where you’re hooked up to a machine that cleans your blood, and peritoneal dialysis, where you place a special blood cleaning solution in your abdomen to clean your blood.

A kidney transplant is a surgical procedure where a healthy kidney from a donor replaces your diseased kidney.

During supportive care, the team at San Antonio Kidney Disease Center provides treatment to make you feel comfortable. But without a dialysis or a kidney transplant, your kidney function continues to decrease and leads to death.

Can I prevent end stage renal disease?

If you have chronic kidney disease, you may be able to prevent the onset of end stage renal disease by making lifestyle changes, such as:

  • Reducing salt intake
  • Getting regular exercise
  • Eating a balanced, healthy diet

Controlling any underlying disease that may be damaging your kidneys also helps --such as managing your blood sugar if you have diabetes and getting your blood pressure under control if you have hypertension.

If you have concerns about kidney health, the experienced team of experts at San Antonio Kidney Disease Center can help. Call the office.