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When you’re diagnosed with early stage kidney disease, you may need to visit a kidney specialist (also called a nephrologist ). With just a little research, you can find the nephrologist that fits your needs when you need help in retaining kidney function for as long as possible.
Although your primary care physician (PCP) is trained to handle a wide range of health conditions, a kidney doctor has been trained as an expert in kidney function and diseases of the kidney.
If you’ve recently been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease (CKD), you’ll want to find a kidney doctor as soon as possible. A nephrologist can run diagnostic tests to determine the current stage of your kidneys and prescribe the best treatment course for your stage of CKD.
Here are a couple of suggestions on how to start:
Beyond simply seeking high quality care, there may be secondary considerations to take into account when choosing a doctor:
Kidney doctors are a vital resource in ensuring that you receive the proper treatment for your early stage CKD. DaVita and other websites offer tools to help you find a kidney doctor that is compatible with your needs. If you were recently diagnosed with CKD, use these resources and make an appointment with a kidney doctor soon—doing so could help slow the progression of kidney disease.
When you’re diagnosed with stage 4 or stage 5 kidney disease and start preparing to go on dialysis, your first step is to identify a kidney specialist (also called a nephrologist). With just a little research, you can find the nephrologist that fits your needs when it’s time for dialysis. Learn more about choosing a kidney doctor when you need dialysis.Learn More »
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