In 2002 the National Kidney Foundation published treatment guidelines that identified five stages of kidney disease. These nationally recognized stages are determined through careful monitoring of your glomerular filtration rate (also called GFR). The glomeruli are small blood vessels within the kidney where waste products are removed. When someone has Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), the glomeruli are damaged and do not function properly.
The treatment guidelines from the National Kidney Foundation recommend different actions based upon your stage of CKD. Your personal treatment course will be determined by your nephrologist with the primary goal being to slow the progression of CKD. There are multiple treatment options available to achieve this. At Renal Care Consultants our dedicated team of Nephrologists are available to help you determine which option is best for you.