The kidneys are two, small fist-sized organs located behind the abdomen on each side of the spine above your waist. They are responsible for producing urine, which is how our bodies remove toxic products and excess fluids. Our kidneys help us maintain the correct balance of salt, potassium and acid.
Kidney Disorders: What You Need to Know
The best way to prevent or delay kidney disease is through early detection and intervention. Taking steps to keep chronic conditions under control, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, helps prevent kidney disease. Talk to your doctor about your risk factors and early detection.
UVM Medical Center doctors use a collaborative approach to treating kidney diseases. Your team may include a number of different specialists working together to manage your care.
We use the most sophisticated medical technology available for diagnosing and treating kidney diseases, including the latest advances in imaging scans and robotic-assisted surgery.
UVM Medical Center doctors tailor a course of treatment specifically for you. Your treatment will depend on a number of factors, including the type and severity of the kidney disease.
Experience, Trusted Expertise
At UVM Medical Center, our urologists have years of experience diagnosing and treating kidney disease. You can feel confident knowing you have placed your care in experienced and skilled hands.
What are kidney disorders?
There are different types of kidney disorders. Our doctors diagnose and treat kidney disorders in children and adults. Types of kidney disorders we treat include:
- Urinary tract blockage - The ureter is the tube that transports urine from the kidneys to the bladder. A blockage is more common in children than in adults, but it can occur in adults due to kidney stones, previous surgery or other urinary tract disorders. A urinary tract blockage often occurs because of an obstruction where the ureter meets the renal pelvis. This area is called the ureteropelvic junction (UPJ). An obstruction can cause infections, kidney stones, chronic pain and over time, can cause kidney damage.
- Kidney cancer - Cancer can form in the small tubes inside the kidney, where urine collects. Kidney cancer is usually diagnosed between 50 and 70 years of age.
Diagnosis and Treatment: Kidney Disorders
People at high risk for kidney disease, such as those with diabetes and high blood pressure, should undergo regular monitoring. Talk to your doctor about managing your conditions and regular screenings so if a problem does develop, we can detect and treat it early.
At UVM Medical Center, we use a combination of imaging scans, laboratory tests and biopsy to obtain an accurate diagnosis. Then, we will create a personalized treatment plan for you. Treatment options may include medication, dialysis and surgery.
Find a UVM Medical Center physician or call us at 802-847-2884.