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HCA Midwest Health


Nephrology is the branch of medicine that focuses on the kidneys. A nephrologist is able to evaluate proper kidney function, identify and treat kidney disease and care for you if you have kidney cancer.

Kidney care in the Greater Kansas City area

We strive to keep your kidneys working for you, so your body can continue being your vehicle for enjoying everyday life.

At HCA Midwest Health, our kidney doctors (nephrologists) understand the importance of proper kidney function. Since your kidneys are so vital to critical bodily functions, helping to eliminating waste, regulate blood pressure and keep electrolytes balanced, we get to know you and your unique health so we can effectively keep them healthy.

Kidney conditions we treat

Our kidney specialists treat a variety of conditions, including:

  • Acute renal failure
  • Acute tubular necrosis (damage to the kidneys' tubule cells)
  • Hydronephrosis (swelling from a urine build-up)
  • Kidney cancer
  • Kidney diseases, such as IgA nephropathy and renal disease
  • Kidney failure
  • Kidney infections
  • Kidney stones
  • Nephrotic syndrome (the body excreting too much protein in the urine)
  • Polycystic kidneys (when cysts develop within the kidneys)
  • Renovascular hypertension (high blood pressure from narrowing arteries to the kidneys)

Our nephrology program

Our nephrologists use a variety of surgical and nonsurgical techniques to treat kidney issues. If you require kidney surgery, you may also work with one of our urologists, as the urinary system includes the kidneys.

Kidney diagnostic tests and treatments

We offer a wide range of diagnostic tests and treatment options. Some of the imaging services we use to assess kidney complications include:

  • Kidney ultrasound
  • Kidneys, ureter, bladder (KUB) X-rays
  • Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA)

After diagnosing a kidney condition, we can move forward with a treatment plan tailored to your needs. This can include:

  • Dialysis (blood filtering to treat kidney failure)
  • Kidney transplant
  • Lithotripsy (using shock waves or a laser to break down kidney stones)
  • Nephrectomy (removal of one or both kidneys)

Transplant Institute

Nephrologists and surgeons at our Transplant Institute specialize in kidney transplantation, and our locations at Research Medical Center and Lee's Summit Medical Center offer the only simultaneous kidney/pancreas transplant procedure in the area. The institute has earned a reputation for advanced research, positive patient outcomes and technical excellence.

Services we provide at our facilities include:

  • Access to the Midwest Transplant Network
  • Assignment to a living donor transplant coordinator
  • Dedicated transplant unit with its own doctors, nurses and support staff
  • Transplant apartment for family members during the transplant procedure

For more information about our Transplant Institute, call (816) 822-8257.

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