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Better kidney Health for Kids: Seven Golden Rules

Posted on May 15, 2019 at 3:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Kidney disease is one of the most common among adults, and many habits adapted by kids over the years can set the stage for kidney disease. Therefore, you can help your kid(s) protect their kidney from an early age. Here are some of the golden rules to follow to ensure kidney healthy for kids in future.

Activities are important: Regular exercise and engaging your kids in some kind of physical activities can help your kid feel better, and improve and maintain their health. In turn, it keeps your kid’s body healthy, including their bones, muscles, heart and kidneys.

Reduce sugar: Too much intake of sugar can raise the risk of diabetes as kids get older. High blood sugar can also put a strain on the kidneys. Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure in adults. One of the ways to lower sugary intake is cutting back on sugary drinks, such as sodas, juices and sports drinks.

Serve water: Serving water instead of sugary drinks is a good way to cut down on sugar. Water is important for good kidney health and helps the kidneys remove wastes from the blood in the form of urine. Having enough water to prevent dehydration is important, especially for kids. Mild dehydration can make kids feel tired. Further, it can impair normal bodily functions, and very severe dehydration can lead to kidney damage.

Reduce salt: As we are aware, sodium is needed for the body to function, but anything too much can be harmful. Sodium can make the body hold on to more water. This extra stored water can raise the blood pressure and strain different parts of the body, including blood vessels and kidneys. High blood pressure can damage kidneys as they get older. High blood pressure is the second leading cause of kidney failure in adults. So, keep a check of the sodium intake in kids.

Get regular checkups: Make sure you get regular checkups for your kid. By doing a thorough check up your kid can be detected if they are experiencing any unusual symptoms, such as feeling tired, difficulty in sleeping, trouble concentrating, poor appetite, issues with urinating, swollen feet and ankles, etc. Usually, urine and blood tests can be used to check how well their kidneys are working.

At NU Hospitals, known to be one of the finest kidney care hospitals in Bangalore, will diagnose and evaluate your kid just the right way. Backed by some of the best kidney specialists in Bangalore along with state-of-the-art facilities, you need not worry about a thing.

Kidney Transplantation: Everything you need to know

Posted on April 5, 2019 at 5:50 AM Comments comments (0)

When your kidneys fail, treatment is needed to replace the functionalities of your own kidneys. There are two types of treatment for kidney failure- dialysis or transplant. It’s said that a kidney transplant offers more freedom and a better quality of life that dialysis. With well-equipped technologies and erudite surgeons, one can consider NU Hospitals for it serves as one of the best kidney transplant hospitals in Bangalore. 

What is a kidney transplant?

At the time of a kidney transplant, a healthy kidney is placed inside your body to do the work your own kidneys can no longer do.

On the other side, there are a certain restrictions that one must follow. A successful kidney transplant may allow you to live the kind of life you were living earlier. Many people might need more than one kidney transplant during a lifetime.

What is a pre-emptive or early transplant?

Getting a transplant before you need to start dialysis is called a pre-emptive transplant. It allows you to avoid dialysis together. Getting a transplant done not long after kidneys fail is referred to as an early transplant. Both have their own set of benefits. Pre-emptive or early transplant, with little or no time spent on dialysis, can lead to better long-term health.

Who can get a kidney transplant?

Kidney transplants have no age bars. It can be done on patients of all ages- from children to seniors. You just need to be healthy enough to undergo the operation. Every person being considered for transplant will get a full medical and psychological evaluation just to be sure that you fit as a good candidate for transplant.

What does the operation involve?

You may be surprised to know that your own kidney usually aren’t taken out when you get a transplant. The surgeon leaves them where they are unless there is a medical reason to remove them. The donated kidney is then placed into your lower abdomen. The entire procedure takes up to four hours. If the kidney comes from a living donor, it should start working immediately whereas a kidney taken from a deceased donor can take longer to start working-two or four weeks or more. If that happens, you may need dialysis until the kidney begins to work again.

At NU Hospitals, you’ll be offered with one of the best set of kidney transplant doctors in Bangalore.

Kidney biopsy: Who would need it and why

Posted on December 6, 2018 at 4:55 AM Comments comments (0)

A renal kidney biopsy is a medical procedure that requires extracting a small piece of kidney tissue for examination under a microscope. It’s usually a pathologist; a clinician specializing in diagnosing diseases—who examines the sample kidney tissue in a laboratory. From the diseased tissue, the pathologist can find out signs of a potential kidney disease or infection. If the patient has undergone a kidney transplant recently, doctors will perform a biopsy to figure out if the operation is successful, and if not- look into the reasons behind the failure of the procedure. The kidney tissue collected from the patient can show scarring, signs of infection, inflammation or unusual deposits of immunoglobulin. If a patient has chronic kidney disease or any other condition that leads to decreased kidney function over a given period of time—a renal kidney biopsy will reflect the pace at which the disease is progressing.

Supported by a team of top renal and transplant pathologists in Bangalore, NU uses two main ways of performing a renal kidney biopsy. The first one is called the percutaneous procedure where using ultrasound, a needle is used to collect kidney tissue. The second option is an open biopsy where, just like general surgeries- the skin is cut open to extract tissues from the diseased kidney. Besides providing some of the best kidney transplants in India, NU Hospitals also offer optimal post-operative care where the success of the transplant is monitored through kidney biopsies and other cutting-edge procedures. The team at NU has some of the best kidney transplant doctors in Bangalore who come with years of advanced medical practice.

Recovering from a renal kidney biopsy could depend on a number of factors. Having some of the most well experienced renal and transplant pathologists in Bangalore, NU offers the best kidney biopsies in the city. According to your physical fitness, immunity, and medical history, your doctor will recommend either an open biopsy or a percutaneous one. The open biopsy is generally offered to patients who have had problems with bleeding or blood clotting in the past, or those who have only one active kidney. Patients are usually provided with a general anesthesia when they’re having an open biopsy. Post-biopsy, it’s normal to have some amount of blood in your urine and mild belly pain for up to 24 hours after the procedure. You should report to your physician straightaway if the condition persists for more than three days. The patient is allowed to resume their normal diet and usual daily activities within a week of the biopsy. The team at NU is backed by some of the best kidney transplant doctors in Bangalore who will provide you the most hassle-free, high-end biopsies at economical rates.

Type of Dialysis (Hemodialysis & Peritoneal Dialysis)

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kidney Dialysis is a way of cleaning your blood when your kidneys can no longer do the same. It gets rid of your body’s waste, extra salt and water, and helps to control your blood pressure.

There are two kinds of dialysis:

  1. Hemodialysis
  2. Peritoneal dialysis

Hemodialysis and Peritoneal dialysis are both used to treat kidney failure. The former uses a man-made dialyzer to filter waste and remove extra fluid from the blood. The latter uses the lining of the abdominal cavity (peritoneal membrane) for the removal of waste and extra fluid from the body.

Now let’s understand how the two works:


First, you’ll need minor surgery to create direct access to your bloodstream. During the procedure, you’ll have to sit or lie back in a chair. Two needles will be placed in your arm where the fistula or graft is located. A pump in the hemodialysis machine slowly draws out your blood, then sends it through another machine called a dialyzer.

Your doctor will help determine as to when you should start hemodialysis based on the following factors:

  • Overall health
  • Kidney function
  • Quality of life

Most people who require hemodialysis have a variety of health problems. While hemodialysis can prove to be efficient at replacing some of the kidney’s lost functions, yet you may experience some of the conditions mentioned before:

Low blood pressure: It can be caused by shortness of breath, abdominal cramps, nausea or vomiting.

Problem in sleeping: People receiving hemodialysis often face trouble sleeping.

Hypertension: If you end up consuming too much salt or drink too much fluid, your high blood pressure is likely to get worse and lead to heart problems or strokes.

Amyloidosis: Dialysis-related amyloidosis develops when proteins in blood are deposited on joints, causing pain and stiffness in the joints.

Depression: Mood swings are common in people with kidney failure. If you’re experiencing depression or anxiety, you should consult the doctors for effective treatment options.

Peritoneal Dialysis:

A soft plastic tube is placed in your belly by surgery. After the filtering process is finished, the fluid leaves your body through the placed catheter.

Pros and Cons about being on peritoneal dialysis- With continuous dialysis, all the extra fluid can be controlled easily, leaving your heart stress free. However, there are many people out there for whom peritoneal dialysis may not be appropriate. The people who are morbidly obese or those with multiple prior abdominal surgeries may make peritoneal dialysis treatments difficult or impossible.

At NU Hospitals, our team includes nephrologists, certified dieticians and a team of attentive nurses to give you the best kidney dialysis. Here, we adhere to the highest quality of treatment which makes us one of the best dialysis hospitals in Bangalore.