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Nephrology Specialist

Isidore Kwaw, MD -  - Internal Medicine - Primary Care and Urgent Care Center

Sunset Urgent Care Medical Center

Isidore Kwaw, MD

Internal Medicine - Primary Care and Urgent Care Center located in Pacific Palisades, CA

Kidney function impacts every aspect of your health, from your blood pressure to your sleep quality. As an experienced nephrology specialist with more than 20 years of experience, Isidore Kwaw, MD, provides comprehensive kidney care at Sunset Urgent Care Medical Center in Palisades, California. He treats a broad range of chronic kidney diseases, including renal failure and diabetic nephropathy. If you’re searching for an experienced kidney specialist, Dr. Kwaw can help. Call Sunset Urgent Care Medical Center, or schedule an appointment online to learn more.

Nephrology Q&A

What is nephrology?

Nephrology is a medical specialty within internal medicine that aims to diagnose and treat chronic kidney disorders. The kidneys are two bean-shaped organs that filter water and waste in your blood to create urine. They also make hormones that strengthen your bones, regulate your blood pressure, and create new red blood cells.

When your kidneys aren’t functioning properly, waste builds up in your body. Over time, this can lead to serious health complications, including kidney failure.

As an experienced nephrologist, Dr. Kwaw has a specialized background in kidney care. After you receive a diagnosis, he can provide you with the quality care you deserve to manage your condition.

How do I know if I need a nephrology specialist?

Primary care doctors typically refer patients to a nephrologist once they have a diagnosis for kidney disease or a condition that impacts kidney function. You may need professional care for a kidney condition if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Fatigue
  • Chest pain
  • Swollen ankles or feet
  • Muscle cramps
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Insomnia or oversleeping
  • Increased or decreased urination
  • Shortness of breath

Without treatment, kidney problems can reduce your immune function and increase fluid retention in your extremities. It can even cause permanent damage to your kidneys.

Which conditions can a nephrology specialist treat?

Dr. Kwaw provides all-inclusive care for many kidney-related conditions, including:

Chronic kidney disease

Chronic kidney disease refers to a gradual decline in kidney function. In its early stages, this chronic disease may cause few symptoms, such as changes in your urination habits. As the disease progresses, however, chronic kidney disease can lead to end-stage kidney failure. 

Most patients with chronic kidney disease typically have an underlying condition, such as hypertension, diabetes, or recurrent kidney infections.

Renal failure

Renal failure happens when the kidneys rapidly lose function, typically within a matter of days. A sudden decrease in urine production and fluid retention in your feet and ankles are common symptoms of renal failure.

Diabetic nephropathy

Diabetic nephropathy is a serious diabetes complication in which the disease gradually hinders kidney function. Over time, diabetes — a condition caused by high blood sugar levels — damages the kidneys. About 25% of patients with diabetes ultimately develop diabetic neuropathy.

What is involved in nephrology treatment?

How Dr. Kwaw manages your care depends on your specific condition. Regular screenings and preventive visits are the best methods for preventing your condition from progressing.

If you have diabetes, Dr. Kwaw regularly monitors your blood sugar levels. Blood sugar levels that are too high for a long period of time can damage your kidneys. 

To prevent the progression of kidney disease, Dr. Kwaw may recommend one or more of the following treatments:

  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Diet changes
  • Exercise
  • Medication
  • Quitting tobacco use

Once kidney disease advances, dialysis or a kidney transplant may be your best course of action.

To learn more, call Sunset Urgent Care Medical Center, or schedule an appointment online today.