Kidney Health

The kidneys perform some of the body’s most essential functions, including the removal of waste products, filtering the blood and helping to regulate blood pressure. Kidney function—sometimes called renal function—is studied by a medical specialty known as nephrology.

One in three American adults is considered to be at risk for kidney disease.

A variety of medical conditions can affect kidney function, including cysts, stones, chronic kidney disease and cancer. Caring for kidney health may involve a wide range of health care professionals. Services available to care for those with kidney disease include laboratory testing, biopsies, imaging studies, surgical procedures and dialysis.

Individuals who require dialysis while a patient at Maury Regional Medical Center may have the procedure performed in the medical center and may be referred to an outpatient facility upon discharge.

Risk factors for kidney disease can include:

  • Diabetes
  • Family history
  • High blood pressure
  • Age 60 or older
  • African-American, Hispanic, Asian, Native American or Pacific Islander

To find a physician who specializes in kidney health, visit our Find a Doctor tool.

For more information about kidney health, visit the National Kidney Foundation at