Nephrology is a medical specialty that deals with functions and diseases of the kidneys. Kidneys serve many vital functions, but their main job is to clean the blood. They filter wastes and excess fluids from the body. These wastes and fluids leave the body in the urine.
The body needs minerals (such as calcium and phosphorus) to work, and too little or too much can make you sick. In the kidneys, minerals are taken from or added to the blood to keep them in the right balance. In this way, the kidneys maintain the chemical balance the body needs to stay healthy.
The kidneys also help the body make red blood cells, control our blood pressure and keep bones strong.
One healthy kidney is usually enough to do all these jobs. If both kidneys fail, their work must then be done by dialysis.
Mercy’s nephrology specialist
Bashar Omari, MD, is a board certified nephrologist, a doctor who specializes in kidney disease. Dr. Omari helps his patients understand how their kidneys work and what they can do to keep them healthy. Primary care physicians refer their patients to Dr. Omari for a variety of kidney-related diseases:
Sudden loss of kidney function
Chronic kidney disease (CKD)
Blood in the urine (hematuria)
Loss of protein through the urine (proteinuria)
Electrolyte and acid-base disorders
Patients can be referred to Dr. Omari by their primary physician. Dr. Omari sees patients at theMercy Terrace Building on the Mercy Campus. To make an appointment, call (608) 756-6007.
Treatment for kidney problems
Many kidney problems can be treated with medicine and lifestyle changes. However, end-stage kidney disease may require dialysis to filter the blood. Comprehensive dialysis services are available at the Mercy Regional Dialysis Center, in the Henry Palmer Building on the Mercy Campus. For more information, call (608) 741-3814.
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