We found 4 providers with an interest in kidney failure and who accept HealthSmart GEPO near Fort Worth, TX.

Dr. Ira Marc Epstein, MD, DO
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1400 Eighth Avenue
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Ira Epstein, who practices in North Richland Hills, TX and Fort Worth, TX, is a medical specialist in adult nephrology. He has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. His areas of expertise include the following: renal artery stenosis, glomerulonephritis, and urine culture. Dr. Epstein's professional affiliations include Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. Dr. Epstein is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. After completing medical school at Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine, he performed his residency at Cooper University Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , end-stage renal disease (ESRD), kidney failure

All Interests: Glomerulonephritis, Nephrotic Syndrome, Renal Vascular Disease, Kidney Stones, Hypertension, Kidney ... (Read more)

Dr. Raghuveer Vanguru, MD
Specializes in Other, Adult Nephrology
919 Alston; Suite 101
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Raghuveer Vanguru is a nephrologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Vanguru include glomerulonephritis, hypertension (high blood pressure), and end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Dr. Vanguru honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Osmania Medical College. He trained at Chicago Medical School for his residency. Dr. Vanguru (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Telugu and Hindi. Dr. Vanguru's hospital/clinic affiliations include North Hills Hospital, Baylor Scott & White Health, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , end-stage renal disease (ESRD)

All Interests: Glomerulonephritis, Hypertension, End-Stage Renal Disease, Chronic Kidney Disease, Dialysis

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Specializes in Adult Nephrology
950 West Magnolia
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Shane Kennedy practices adult nephrology. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Kennedy has a special interest in end-stage renal disease (ESRD). He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth. Dr. Kennedy has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , end-stage renal disease (ESRD)

All Interests: Hypertension, End-Stage Renal Disease, Kidney Problems

Dr. Robert Gordon Parham, MD
Specializes in Urology
1001 12th Avenue
Fort Worth, TX
 

Dr. Robert Parham is a specialist in urology (urinary tract disease). He works in Texarkana, TX, Burleson, TX, and Fort Worth, TX. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. Clinical interests for Dr. Parham include adrenalectomy (adrenal surgery), bladder cancer, and atrophic vaginitis. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and United Healthcare Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. Dr. Parham's hospital/clinic affiliations include Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , end-stage renal disease (ESRD)

All Interests: Prostate Problems, Sleep Disorders, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones, Kidney Cancer, Kidney ... (Read more)

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What is Kidney Failure?

Kidneys are bean-shaped organs located under the ribs near the spine. They work to remove waste and excess fluids from the body through the urine. When the kidneys are no longer working well enough for a person to live without interventions such as dialysis or a kidney transplant, it is considered kidney failure. Kidney (sometimes called renal) failure can happen suddenly, usually after surgery or an injury to the kidneys. It can also happen slowly after many years of chronic kidney disease.

The most common causes of kidney failure by far are diabetes and high blood pressure. Some other causes of chronic kidney disease are conditions such as HIV or polycystic kidney disease, inherited problems with the kidneys, or large amounts of drugs or medications that damage the kidneys.

The symptoms of kidney failure are extremely varied and depend on whether the kidney failure happened suddenly or over time. Some of the more common symptoms are fluid retention and swelling, decreased urine output, shortness of breath, fatigue, and itching as toxins begin to build up in the body.

A doctor can check kidney function with blood tests to see how well the kidneys are filtering the blood, urine tests to check for the presence of blood or protein, or blood pressure tests. High blood pressure can cause kidney disease, but kidney failure can also cause high blood pressure.

Kidney failure is a serious condition. Sometimes, if the condition happened suddenly, the problem that caused the kidney failure can be reversed and the patient can recover. More often, patients with kidney failure will rely on dialysis or a kidney transplant to stay healthy.