Kidney Disease


At Sentara Vascular Specialists, we provide the latest and most effective diagnosis and treatment options for kidney conditions that result from problems with the blood vessels, including:

  • Renal artery stenosis, narrowing of the arteries that feed the kidneys;
  • Renal vein thrombosis, a blood clot blocking a kidney vein;
  • Fibromuscular dysplasia, a congenital (present at birth) defect of the renal artery that limits blood flow to the kidney;

At Sentara Vascular Specialists, we combine medical excellence, state-of-the-art technology, and a compassionate, team-based approach to quickly diagnose and treat your condition.

Invasive and non-invasive tests we use to diagnose your condition include:

  • Arteriography;
  • Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA);
  • Radionuclide scanning;
  • Spiral computed tomography (CT) scans;
  • Ultrasound; and
  • Venography.

Sentara Vascular Specialists has a history of adopting innovative techniques and state-of-the-art technology to deliver the most advanced, proven treatments available. We provide the full range of open and minimally invasive approaches to treating kidney disease, and we are a leader in offering minimally invasive alternatives to open surgical procedures. Compared to open surgery, minimally invasive procedures use smaller incisions to gain access to the kidneys, which typically means less discomfort and infection risk and quicker healing time for you. Although we will recommend the right procedure even if it means open surgery, we prefer to use a minimally invasive approach so we can get you back to your life as quickly as possible. Treatments we offer for kidney conditions include:

  • Angioplasty and renal stenting
  • Renal bypass; and
  • Renal endarterectomy.

Kidney Failure Services

For patients whose kidneys are severely diseased, we offer dialysis access services as well as kidney transplant services.

Dialysis Access. When your kidneys are unable to filter your blood effectively, hemodialysis (dialysis) may be necessary. In dialysis, a machine called a dialyzer performs the function of your kidneys by filtering your blood. In dialysis access, a doctor creates an easy-to-access entry site into your bloodstream. Often placed under the skin in your arm, leg, or chest, it enables quick, safe, and easy flow of blood to and from your body during dialysis. Dialysis removes waste and excess minerals, such as salt and potassium, from your blood, and helps to control your blood pressure. Blood moves through a tube from your body to the dialyzer. The dialyzer filters your blood and then it returns to your body through another tube. At Sentara Vascular Specialists, we offer the full range of dialysis access and dialysis access management, including:

  • Fistulas
  • Grafts
  • Catheters

In addition, we are one of the few centers in the region offering the HeRO Vascular Access Device. The HeRO device can be used as long-term vascular access for patients who have no other options for dialysis access.

Kidney Transplant. For patients with kidney failure, conventional treatments like dialysis may not be enough. Sentara Vascular Specialists offers new hope to kidney failure patients through kidney transplants. In a kidney transplant, your failing kidney(s) is (are) removed and replaced with a healthy kidney from a donor. The only transplant services available to kidney failure patients in the Hampton Roads area and eastern North Carolina, our transplant program has helped many patients resume normal activities after the procedure. We use advanced technology and a laparoscopic approach. A kidney transplant is a complex procedure that neither begins nor ends in the operating room. We take a team approach to your care, beginning with your first meeting and evaluation, continuing with education about what to expect while you wait for a donor kidney to become available, guiding you through the transplant, and supporting you in recovery.

We believe strongly in increasing dialysis access knowledge through research and clinical trials involving new access products to help improve the quality of life on dialysis. To learn more about participating in a clinical trial, contact us at 757-470-5570.

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