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Nephrology

Nephrology in Southwestern Montana

Nephrology is the branch of internal medicine devoted to the study, diagnosis, and treatment of kidney disease. Bozeman Health Nephrology provides medical care for patients with hypertension, diabetic kidney disease, glomerulonephritis, acute and chronic renal failure.

Inside each kidney, a million tiny structures called nephrons filter blood. They remove waste products and extra water from the body, which become urine. Damage to the nephrons results in kidney disease. At Bozeman Health Nephrology, our specialists treat acute kidney disease and chronic kidney disease, particularly diabetic nephropathy, along with immunological injury in the kidney, difficult to control hypertension and various forms of autoimmune kidney diseases.

TROUBLE WITH HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE?

When blood pressure is high, it starts to damage the blood vessels, heart, and kidneys and can lead to heart attack, stroke, and other problems. High blood pressure is called a "silent killer," because it doesn't usually cause symptoms while it is causing this damage. Our nephrologists specialize in treating hypertension.

TESTING FOR CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE

Chronic kidney disease often is a disease without symptoms until very late in the course of the illness. People with chronic kidney disease or CKD will not have any warning signs except possibly having elevated blood pressure or swelling of the legs and feet. The only way to identify chronic kidney disease is with blood and urine tests.

People at risk for chronic kidney disease include anyone with hypertension or diabetes mellitus, and they should be screened annually for chronic kidney disease. Others at risk for chronic kidney disease include those with a family history of chronic kidney disease, a history of kidney stones or frequent urinary tract infections, and possibly persons with cardiovascular (heart) disease. Diabetes mellitus and high blood pressure account for about 75% of all chronic kidney disease. If you have any of these risk factors, you should ask your healthcare provider about screening for chronic kidney disease with blood and urine tests.

TREATMENT FOR CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE

Care for chronic kidney disease patients and post-transplant patients is available at Bozeman Health Nephrology. Our nephrologists specialize in treating chronic kidney disease, particularly diabetic nephropathy, critical care nephrology, transplantation as well as immunological injury in the kidney and treating various forms of glomerulonephritis.

Our physicians also practice critical care nephrology. Before a transplant operation can take place, medical problems such as diabetes or high blood pressure must be well controlled. And, after the operation, nephrologists see patients for long-term follow-up care, handling medical problems that may arise, such as rejection of the kidney.

DIALYSIS AVAILABLE AT HOME OR HOSPITAL

When kidneys fail, the patient has to go on, and remain on, some form of dialysis. During dialysis the patient’s blood is being cleansed. There are three types of dialysis—outpatient hemodialysis, home hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. Bozeman Health has developed a kidney care program that offers comprehensive care without leaving the Gallatin Valley.

Fresenius Medical Care Bozeman Dialysis Center, located on the Bozeman Health campus, offers outpatient medical care to dialysis patients. Currently the center holds eight dialysis chairs and treats more than 30 patients per month. A planned expansion will allow many more patients, including travelers to the community, to receive dialysis treatment. In addition, Fresenius, in partnership with Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital, offers in-patient dialysis.

Fresenius also offers a home dialysis program for eligible patients. These patients can perform treatment to remove waste toxins from their body every day, rather than having to visit the dialysis center for four hour three times a week. Once training on the equipment is complete, these patients visit the center only once a month.

Contact Information:

TEL: 406-414-2410
931 Highland Blvd
Suite 3260
Bozeman, MT 59715
(Highland Park 3)

HOURS

Hours for: Nephrology
Tuesday - Friday | 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Christopher E Rich MD
Christopher E Rich MD
Bozeman Health Nephrology Clinic
931 Highland Blvd., Suite 3260
Bozeman, MT 59715
(406) 414-2410

Nephrology(Board Certified)

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Cindy K. Sharp MD
Cindy K. Sharp MD
Bozeman Health Nephrology Clinic
931 Highland Blvd., Suite 3260
Bozeman, MT 59715
(406) 414-2410

Nephrology(Board Certified)

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