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The Center for Kidney Care strives to provide the most up-to-date services to meet our patients' needs.

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24-Hour Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring
In certain patients whose blood pressure varies significantly during the day or is unusually elevated in medical offices ("white coat hypertension"), 24-hour blood pressure monitoring is a helpful diagnostic tool. An automated device measures blood pressure at the arm at regular intervals throughout the day and night of the study period while the patient goes about normal day-to-day activities. The results are analyzed by our physicians, who use the information to recommend the appropriate anti-hypertensive regimen.

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Treating Anemia
Anemia or low blood count is a common consequence of decreased kidney function. The kidneys produce erythropoietin (EPO), a hormone that stimulates bone marrow to make red blood cells. As kidney function declines, EPO levels drop and patients become anemic. Supplementation of EPO either as Procrit or Aranesp can improve anemia and its symptoms including fatigue. These medications are administered in our office as a subcutaneous (under the skin) injection.

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Administration of Iron
Iron is needed by the body to produce red blood cells. Patients with decreased kidney function often do not have adequate iron levels for blood cell production. Iron deficiency contributes to the anemia that is common in kidney insufficiency (see above discussion of erythropoietin). Our patients can have their iron levels effectively restored by receiving iron intravenously (into a vein). Feraheme, a type of intravenous iron, is administered in our office.

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Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Education Center
The Center for Kidney Care is dedicated to providing comprehensive management of kidney disorders. Patients with moderate to severe impairment of kidney function are referred to our CKD Center for management of anemia (discussed above) and the changes in bone and mineral metabolism associated with declining kidney function, the administration of vaccines, and renal nutrition counseling. Our CKD Center provides extensive education to assist patients in choosing among options for renal replacement therapy: kidney transplantation; in-home dialysis, including peritoneal dialysis and home hemodialysis; and in-center hemodialysis. We are committed to helping our patients choose the appropriate dialysis modality to meet the individual's needs. Early referral for transplantation and/or dialysis access placement is a fundamental component of this patient service. Patients who may need dialysis should be scheduled for dialysis access surgery at least four to six months prior to starting dialysis.

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Kidney Transplant Support Group
The Center for Kidney Care works with staff from the University of Pennsylvania Health System to host a Kidney Transplant Support Group. Kidney transplant patients come to our Hainesport office about every two months to share their experiences, and invited speakers discuss transplant-related topics in an informal setting. Transplant donors and recipients along with their families and friends enjoy the opportunity to learn more about transplant issues and to make lasting friendships with other transplant patients in the area.

services Nutrition Counseling
The Center for Kidney Care offers comprehensive diet and nutrition counseling in our Hainesport office. Our Registered Dietitian, Marjorie Arnold, has a wealth of experience working with people who have diabetes, high blood pressure, and who want to improve their eating habits or to lose weight. Following a renal diet can be very difficult, and Ms. Arnold helps renal patients to understand and comply with dietary guidelines. Improving the eating habits of our patients will have a major impact on patients’ health status, can slow the progression of disease, and improve the severity of their condition. Patients’ first Nutrition Counseling visits are usually scheduled for 45 minutes, and follow-up visits usually last 30 minutes. Medicare covers up to three hours of counseling in the first year, and up to two hours in subsequent years. Not all insurance carriers cover this service, but patients can submit claims to their insurance to seek reimbursement. Our practice charges $35 per 15 minutes of counseling. Please call our office at 856-222-1975 to schedule Nutrition Counseling.

services Ultrasound Procedures
The Center for Kidney Care has a state-of-the-art Ultrasound unit for non-invasive imaging of kidneys. Our licensed Ultrasound Technologist, Ray Pancoast, RDMS, has many years of ultrasound imaging experience. One of our physicians, Dr. Prasad Acharya, has completed intensive training on renal ultrasound procedures and interpretation. Most ultrasound procedures are performed in our Hainesport office on Tuesdays. The results of your ultrasound are usually available within 2 to 3 business days. Medicare will cover this procedure; however, many other insurance carriers may direct you to other ultrasound providers. Please contact our Billing Department at 856-222-1975 if you have questions about your insurance coverage.



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