What Do Our Amazing Kidneys Do?

What Do Our Amazing Kidneys Do?

Updated on February 8, 2021
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    The kidneys are filters

    The basic unit of the kidneys is called the nephron.

    3D Illustration of the structure of a nephron, the basic structural and functional unit of the kidneys
    3D Illustration of the structure of a nephron, the basic structural and functional unit of the kidneys

    The glomerulus is the nephron's filter

    This is where the kidney filters waste in the blood into the urine.

    Glomeruli is plural for glomerulus

    The main job of the kidneys is to clean the blood. Blood goes into the kidney, and urine comes out of it as it passes through the individual glomeruli.

    There are 1 million glomeruli in each kidney

    Urine Production in Kidney
    Urine Production in Kidney: The kidney functions to filter waste from the blood through the glomeruli (single glomerulus pictured right) to become a clear fluid called urine.

    What Happens when the Kidneys Don't Work?

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    Some Helpful Definitions Regarding Kidneys

    Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)

    Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is the gradual loss of kidney function. This happens to everyone over time. We do our best to slow down this process and prevent kidney failure. Sometimes we can even reverse disease!

    Kidneys

    The kidneys are the body's filters. When the kidneys don't work, many things happen. A Nephrologist tries to slow down chronic kidney disease. A Nephrologist tries to prevent kidney failure.

    Nephrologist

    A Nephrologist is a doctor for the kidneys. You need a kidney specialist to treat kidney failure. Nephrologists treat acid-base and electrolyte problems, as well. Nephrologists can also treat and prevent kidney stones.

    Nephrology

    Nephrology is the practice of medicine that deals with the kidneys. The focus is on diseases that cause kidney failure. Nephrology also deals with related diseases like high blood pressure and high blood sugar.

    Meet your Kidney Specialists

    We are here to help

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    The Kidney Experts

    We do everything possible to slow down worsening kidney function. Sometimes, we can improve kidney function! When function declines, we focus on kidney transplantation and home therapies. We see you at a dialysis unit for regular dialysis for those unable to complete therapies at home.

    There is no need to have an office visit to answer your questions and get refills. We have staff available to answer your calls. We take care of you outside of your office visits.

    We are the best Nephrology Practice in Tennessee.

    We promise to do our best to be there with you every step of the way.

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    Martin
    215 Hawks Road, 
    Suite 11,
    Martin, TN 38237
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    1995 Highway 51 South,
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    Covington, TN 38019
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