Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)
Chronic Kidney Disease is the diagnosis of chronic renal failure resulting in the loss of kidney function. End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) is the diagnoses of a patient with total or nearly total and permanent kidney failure. Untreated ESRD could lead to severe nausea and vomiting, seizures, comas, and ultimately death. Patients with ESRD must undergo dialysis or have a kidney transplant to survive.
If the patient decides to start dialysis, Dr. Dunn, and Dr. LeBrun are experienced in dialysis and can explain the options including hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. There are other options when a patient is healthy enough for a transplant, and a donor is available. Drs. Dunn and LeBrun work closely with area Transplant Surgeons to coordinate successful transplants and medical management of the transplant patient.