Frequently Asked Questions

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At Carolina Kidney Care, patients are our number one priority. Having a kidney disease can drastically change a patient’s life, and our nephrologists provide the information, support and medical care that our patients need. If you have questions about kidney disease, kidney failure or the renal care that Carolina Kidney Care offers, read through our FAQs, and feel free to contact one of our helpful staff members.

What causes kidney disease?

Diabetes and high blood pressure are the two main causes of kidney failure in the United States. A disease called glomerulonephritis is also a common cause of kidney disease.

What can I do to prevent kidney disease?

In order to prevent kidney disease, nephrologists recommend exercising regularly, losing weight if needed, and developing healthy eating habits and adopting an overall healthy lifestyle.

What are symptoms of kidney disease?

Signs of kidney disease could include nausea, vomiting, sleep problems, persistent itching, changes in urine output, shortness of breath, or high blood pressure. If you’re experiencing these symptoms, consult your primary care physician.

What are the stages of kidney failure?

The stages of chronic kidney disease are stages one through five, with Stage Five being the most severe, often involving end stage kidney failure.

What is interventional nephrology?

Interventional nephrology is a subspecialty in nephrology where nephrologists are trained to perform a variety of procedures that traditionally has been done by a separate team of specialists. It’s beneficial to the patient because it lowers costs and decreases delays between procedures. Carolina Kidney Care has two interventional nephrologists on staff.

Where can I receive my dialysis treatment?

Patients of Carolina Kidney Care can receive dialysis at one of several locations throughout Cumberland, Robeson, Sampson, Bladen, Hoke, Harnett, and Raeford counties. Please see our resources for a complete list.

How do I schedule an appointment?

All of our appointments are made by referral only. Therefore, your referring physician must call to have your appointment scheduled. New patients cannot make an appointment directly. Established patients may contact our scheduling department at either of our Fayetteville or Lumberton offices.