At Associates in Nephrology, we offer a variety of treatments for patients with kidney disease and related conditions. Below is a list of our specialties, including some of the most common conditions we diagnose, treat, and help manage.
- Chronic Kidney Disease
- Electrolyte Disorders
- Kidney Stones
- End-Stage Kidney Disease
- Kidney Transplant
- Renal Failure
How the Kidneys Work
The kidneys are two fist-sized organs that sit on either side of your spine, in the low back area.
When the kidneys are healthy and functioning properly, blood enters each kidney, where it passes through millions of nephrons, each of which contains a glomerulus (filter) and tiny tube that returns the filtered blood to the bloodstream. Waste and excess fluid that has been filtered out of the blood form urine, which is carried to the bladder, where it is stored until urination occurs.
Healthy kidneys can clean a half-cup of blood every minute. Over the course of a single day, about 150-200 quarts of blood are filtered, with just 1-2 quarts becoming urine. The amount of urine created is also affected by how much water you drink, how hot it is, and how much activity or exercise you’re doing.
Find out more about how your kidneys function – along with recipes for a kidney-friendly diet – from the National Kidney Foundation.
Why Your Kidneys Are Important
Your kidneys perform numerous critical functions in your body, including to:
- Remove waste and excess fluid from the blood
- Produce hormones that help to:
- Control blood pressure
- Make red blood cells
- Promote strong bones
- Maintain proper fluid levels in the body
- Regulate sodium, potassium, and calcium levels
Kidney Care & Treatment in Brockton & Taunton, MA
Do you or a loved one have a kidney issue or concern? Contact the kidney disease experts at Associates in Nephrology in Brockton & Taunton, Massachusetts by calling (508) 587-0700. You can also request an appointment now.