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Kidney Failure Specialist

Merit Health Care, P.C.

Nephrologists located in Sylacauga, AL & Talladega, AL

When your kidneys fail because of an injury or disease, you need the consistent, reliable care Merit Health Care, PC, offers. Ghayas Habach, MD, MPH, and the medical team specialize in various dialysis services to manage kidney failure in the long term. They also work closely with you to preserve your kidney function for as long as possible. Call the office in Sylacauga or Talladega, Alabama, today to schedule a kidney failure consultation or book an appointment online.


Kidney Failure Q & A

What is kidney failure?

Kidney failure describes the loss of function in your kidneys. Kidney failure occurs when your kidneys can no longer remove excess fluids and other waste products from your body.

There are five types of kidney failure that can develop for different reasons.

Acute prerenal kidney failure

Acute prerenal kidney failure develops when there’s insufficient blood flow to the organs. Without enough blood, your kidneys can’t filter toxins from your blood efficiently.

Acute intrinsic kidney failure

Acute intrinsic kidney failure occurs because of direct trauma to your kidneys. You can also develop this type of kidney failure if there’s a lack of oxygen in your kidneys due to blockages or if you have inflammation in your blood vessels.

Chronic prerenal kidney failure

Chronic prerenal kidney failure develops when there’s a lack of blood flow into the kidneys over a long period of time, which can cause the organs to shrink.

Chronic intrinsic kidney failure

Chronic intrinsic kidney failure occurs when there’s long-term damage to the kidney because of kidney disease or trauma.

Chronic post-renal kidney failure

Chronic post-renal kidney failure develops due to blockages in the urinary tract that prevents urination. Urine can build up and can put excess pressure on your kidneys, leading to damage.

What are the symptoms of kidney failure?

In the earliest stages of kidney failure, you may not have any noticeable symptoms. As the disease progresses, you may experience:

  • Persistent nausea
  • Confusion
  • Pale or clear urine
  • Less frequent urination
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pressure or pain
  • Edema (swelling) in feet and ankles

Kidney failure can also cause more severe complications, including seizures and coma.

The team at Merit Health Care, PC, offers on-site urine testing, blood testing, and other diagnostic services to identify kidney damage that can lead to kidney failure.

How is kidney failure treated?

Your treatment for kidney failure depends on its stage (how far it’s progressed). Typically, you need dialysis to filter your blood and remove waste from your body. Merit Health Care, PC, offers on-site dialysis services and provides education and resources that let you do home dialysis.

You need to stay on dialysis for the rest of your life unless you receive a kidney transplant.

If you have signs of kidney failure, schedule a diagnostic evaluation online or by calling the Merit Health Care, PC, office nearest to you today.