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Nephrology Associates: Caring for Delaware Kidney Patients

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We don’t often think about our kidneys. When they function well, the kidneys perform functions our bodies need, filtering waste and extra water from the blood, and producing hormones to keep our bones strong and blood healthy. But when something goes wrong, Nephrology Associates is here for you. We are the largest single-specialty provider in Delaware and Cecil County, Maryland, caring for patients with hypertension and kidney disease. We’ve earned the trust of our patients and community since 1974, managing chronic kidney disease (CKD), hypertension, acute renal failure, end-stage renal disease, kidney transplants, kidney stones, and other kidney-related disorders.

Chronic Kidney Disease and the S.P.R.I.N.T. Program

At Nephrology Associates, we’ve developed the S.P.R.I.N.T. program to manage chronic kidney disease and the problems that progress along with kidney damage, including anemia, high blood pressure, bone disease, and dietary problems. While there are often no symptoms in the early stages of chronic kidney disease, we work with our patients to educate them on the signs of kidney damage, such as:

  • Feeling tired or weak
  • Headaches
  • Itching
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Swelling
  • Shortness of breath
  • Metallic taste in the mouth
  • Darkening of the skin
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Change in urination

Once we confirm chronic kidney disease, we use the S.P.R.I.N.T. program for:

  • Slowing progression of the disease
  • Proactive intervention
  • Individualized care
  • Nutrition education
  • Treatment options

As CKD progresses and kidneys become more damaged, they will begin to fail, leading to end-stage renal disease. When this happens, we educate patients and their family members on treatment options, including in-home or in-center dialysis, kidney transplantation, or maximum conservative therapy.

Advancing American Kidney Health

In 2019, President Trump signed an executive order for Advancing American Kidney Health to improve the lives of people suffering from kidney disease, with the specific focus of reducing the number of people receiving dialysis in centers, and ensuring that more people in kidney failure receive transplants. Nephrology Associates is already leading the way on this initiative, with one of the most robust in-home dialysis programs in the country. Our program features free-standing home dialysis units up and down the state of Delaware to serve our patients where they are. Nephrology Associates physicians also act as the Medical Director of the kidney transplant program at Christiana Care, ensuring that our patients receive continuity of care, regardless of their renal health needs.

Vascular Access Center

Nephrology Associates is also known for our vascular access center, which has undergone rigorous testing for accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (A.A.A.H.C.). At this ambulatory center, our interventional nephrologists provide:

  • Fistulogram
  • Angioplasty
  • Declot
  • Hemodialysis catheter insertion and removal

Nephrology Associates also handles the full spectrum of renal disorders and treatments, including:

  • Diabetic nephropathy
  • Edema
  • Glomerulonephritis
  • Anemia
  • Hematuria
  • Hypertension
  • Kidney stones
  • Lupus erythematosus
  • Nephrotic syndrome
  • Polycystic kidney disease
  • Renal artery stenosis
  • Renovascular disease
  • Renal osteodystrophy
  • Vitamin D deficiency and
  • Glomerulosclerosis

We have multiple locations near you in New Castle County, Kent County, and Sussex County, Delaware, as well as in Cecil County, Maryland. Our board-certified nephrologists and mid-level providers are ready to help.

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