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
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.
931 Highland Blvd
Bozeman, MT 59715
(Highland Park 3)
Hours for: Nephrology
Tuesday - Friday | 8:00 am - 5:00 pm