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CKD Classes
At Naples Nephrology, although you may be early in the chronic kidney disease process, our trained staff will explain all options available to you regarding treatment.

 

You will learn about diet modifications, the need to adjust your lifestyle and the real meaning of the laboratory tests.  In a non-biased manner our nurse educator will describe to you in detail the therapies of hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis as well as the potential side effects of transplant medications.  Although you may be very far from kidney intervention, early presentation allows you to choose a therapy which parallels your lifestyle.

The kidney synthesizes a hormone which stimulates red blood cell production.   If your percentage function drops to less than 60%, this hormone may not be produced in sufficient quantities to prevent anemia.  If you may be experiencing weakness and lethargy, this could indicate that you are anemic.   Our doctors will replace this hormone and monitor your anemia.

Another product made by the kidney is Vitamin D.  This too may be reduced.   Loss of this hormone may place you at risk for serious fractures.  Our doctors will monitor your need for replacement and initiate therapy in a timely fashion.   This will help you avoid potentially preventable problems.  These classes are given on an individual basis.   You will meet with our nurse educator for three sessions.   During this period, your blood pressure is monitored and adjustments in your medications may be warranted.