If your kidneys don’t function properly, you can’t live your life to the fullest. Kidney diseases, also called renal diseases, require the type of medical assistance only a nephrologist offers. When you choose OU Health in Oklahoma City and Tulsa for your kidney care, expert nephrologists with decades of experience provide you with the most comprehensive and current treatment options available for every type of kidney disease.

Care for Your Kidneys

Your kidneys play a vital role in your body’s overall health. They filter toxins and excess fluid from your blood and help expel these substances through your urine. Millions of tiny nephrons power your two kidneys, the bean-shaped organs found near the middle of your back. If disease causes problems with the nephrons, your kidneys can’t do their job, which means your body won’t function at its best.

Symptoms of Kidney Disease

Often, kidney diseases remain undetected until signs emerge that alert your physician to the possibility of kidney damage. You may not know you have a kidney problem until serious harm occurs. From decreased mental function to high blood pressure, chest pain and fatigue, symptoms of kidney disease often mimic signs of other conditions and go undiagnosed until you need life-saving treatment or a kidney transplant.

Symptoms of kidney disease include many you may ignore or confuse with other causes, including:

  • Blood in the urine
  • Darkening of skin
  • Frequent headaches
  • Fatigue
  • High blood pressure
  • Itchiness all over the body
  • Loss of appetite
  • Muscle cramps or pain in small of back just below ribs, not aggravated by movement
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Puffiness around eyes, swelling of hands and feet

Innovative Kidney Treatments & Transplant

Your body depends on healthy kidneys. If you feel your kidneys may not be functioning well or if you experience kidney failure, kidney cancer, chronic kidney disease, kidney stones, infection, polycystic kidney disease, fluid and electrolyte disorders or you need dialysis, take advantage of OU Health’s extensively trained nephrologists for your best possible results.

Your Expert Kidney Health Team

No matter what type of kidney condition or related complications you may experience, you can count on the board-certified nephrologists and multidisciplinary care teams at OU Health. You’ll collaborate with these experienced health professionals to develop the individualized treatment plan that fits your specific situation.

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