Nephrology is a specialty that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and disorders of the kidneys. The kidneys maintain normal fluid and electrolyte balance in the body that are vital to live a normal, healthy life. As nephrologists, we diagnose and put together the best treatment plan for our patients to maintain a healthy life.
PROVIDING THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE KIDNEY CARE IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA
RENAL CARE COORDINATOR
The Renal Care Coordinator (RCC), Jennifer Woods, is employed by Fresenius Medical Care (FMC), a dialysis provider, as part of a collaborative agreement with Valley Nephrology Associates. The goal of the RCC is to help assure that all patients with Late Stage Chronic Kidney Disease (LSCKD) are informed of their options and make the best individual decision regarding their options, should their disease progress, requiring dialysis.
The RCC will help you make the following decisions regarding your Kidney Disease:
CHRONIC CARE MANAGEMENT
Valley Nephrology Associates is now offering Chronic Care Management. If you have been diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease and have Hypertension or Diabetes or other chronic conditions, ask us about Chronic Care Management and see how we can assist you with better health outcomes and higher patient satisfaction.
YOUR VASCULAR ACCESS REPRESENTS YOUR LIFELINE
Our Vascular Access Center Nephrologists have specialized training in Interventional Nephrology. The access center physicians are dedicated in providing the comprehensive dialysis access treatment needed to keeping your access functioning and minimizing any complications. Services provided, but not limited to:
Nocturnal Dialysis takes place while you sleep. This is a longer and slower dialysis treatment that takes place over 6-8 hours, 3 nights per week. Nocturnal dialysis can be done at your home or in-center and can have many benefits to your life style and health. Your provider will help decide if this would be an appropriate treatment option for you.
Home Hemodialysis is dialysis done in your home. This is done on the same schedule 3 days a week, 3-4 hours per treatment but offers a lot of flexibility. The flexibility gives you more independence and can have many benefits for your life style and health.
Pediatric nephrologists specialize in the diagnosis and management of many kidney related conditions and disorders, including: high blood pressure, kidney stones, electrolyte disorders, urinary tract infections, urinary reflux, problems with blood or protein in the urine, and kidney failure. We also help children with diabetes take care of their kidneys. Pediatric nephrologists specialize in the care of patients from newborns to young adults.
VNA and the University of Virginia developed an outpatient nephrology program at VNA, reducing the amount of travel time to and from Charlottesville for these patients. A transplant coordinator located at VNA provides coordination between the patients, the University of Virginia and VNA to provide pre- and post-transplant services locally.