Nephrology Clinic

Premier Medical Group

Internists & Urgent Care located in Bakersfield, CA

Did you know that the symptoms of kidney disease don’t normally manifest until later on in the disease’s development? Considering that kidney failure could eventually lead to serious complications like internal bleeding or seizures, it’s crucial that patients stay on top of their kidney health. That’s why Premier Medical Group has an on-site nephrology clinic with expert care from Mohamed Hammami, MD, Romona Dolan, PA, Jonathan Akanno, MD, and the rest of the team. If you’re worried about your kidneys, don’t hesitate to schedule your appointment online or over the phone with one of the two Bakersfield, California, locations today. The practice location on Olive Drive serves as a full-service urgent care clinic for times when you need immediate walk-in care.

Nephrology Clinic Q & A

What is a nephrologist?

Nephrologists train in internal medicine and then go on to pursue further training in diseases and disorders of the kidneys. They can diagnose and treat kidney disease, and provide dialysis to treat kidney failure.

Why do I need to see a nephrologist for diabetes?

Diseases like diabetes and hypertension can cause kidney failure when not appropriately treated, so although they aren’t kidney diseases, they can impact these organs. That makes a nephrologist a vital member of the Premier Medical Group team.

What are the signs and symptoms of kidney disease?

The most common symptoms of kidney disease include:

  • Blood in their urine
  • Foamy urine
  • High blood pressure
  • Fatigue
  • Water retention in the lower extremities
  • Weight loss
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Anemia

However, some patients don’t experience signs and symptoms, especially in the earlier stages of kidney disease.

Is there anything I can do to prevent kidney disease?

Yes. Quitting smoking, exercising, and maintaining a healthy weight can all reduce your risk of kidney problems.

Additionally, staying in control of diabetes and hypertension are critical. If you suffer from diabetes, hypertension, or have a family history of kidney disease, talk to your primary care doctor about other measures you can take to reduce your risk or detect problems early.

What tests are used to measure kidney function?

In most cases, kidney disease is diagnosed based on the results of a blood test processed in the lab. In some cases, your dedicated provider might order an ultrasound to get a better look at the kidneys and supporting structures.

Your doctor will explain any tests ordered including what you can expect during the test and what the results will tell the care team about your kidney function.

How is kidney failure addressed?

In some cases, the kidneys completely fail. One option for patients with kidney failure is peritoneal dialysis, a process for removing waste from the blood when your kidneys are unable to do so. To learn more about dialysis, contact a nephrologist at Premier Medical Group today.