There are over half a million people in South Carolina alone who suffer from renal failure.
The kidneys may become diseased or damaged in a number of ways, including:
- Diabetes (the most common cause of end-stage renal disease)
- High blood pressure (hypertension) – the second most common cause of end-stage renal disease.
- Decreased blood flow
- Obstruction or narrowing of the renal artery (renal artery stenosis)
- Toxic injury to the kidney or direct injury to the kidney
Symptom of kidney disease include:
- loss of appetite
- nausea and vomiting
- extreme fatigue
- difficulty sleeping
- itching and dry skin
- muscle cramps
- shortness of breath
- fluid retention
Providence Care’s clinical staff has a strong commitment to providing hemodialysis access, peritoneal dialysis access and general surgery for patients with kidney failure. The care provided ensures attention to the particular problems of the kidney failure patient regardless of the type of surgical problem encountered. Working within our network of Nephrologist Physicians, the problems of hemodialysis access are addressed by a multidisciplinary group, including surgery, nephrology and interventional radiology with the goal of providing reliable vascular access even in the most difficult cases. Clinical outcomes of Providence’s Renal and Dialysis Programs include greater quality of life, and reduction in dialysis side effects such as joint pain, itching, and muscle cramps.