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Renal Care Clinic

The Renal Care Clinic is a specialized clinic in comprehensive management of patients with kidney diseases, including chronic kidney disease and kidney stones.

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I'm very grateful for your attentive ear and the humanity you showed my daughter. She left your consultation with confidence and is very happy to be able to meet you again soon for follow-up...

Mother of a daughter with Cacci-Ricchi disease.

We lead by integrating remote monitoring into patient care paths.

This means you can receive continuous personalized care from the comfort of your own space. Our approach enhances convenience and proactive management, ensuring a better quality of life for patients with kidney diseases, including chronic kidney disease and kidney stones.

Who's we?

Dr. Agnieszka Pozdzik M.D., PhD

Nephrologist and founder of Renal Care & Research. She's leading advancements in digital health with the "Aidewa" telehealth platform, aiming to elevate care quality and the patient-caregiver bond.

Dr. Agnieszka Pozdzik (M.D., Ph.D.), nephrologist, member of the "Urolithiasis European Network" and group manager – "International Collaborative Network on Kidney Stones and Mineral Metabolism". Being the founder of Renal Care & Research, she focuses her activities in the field of digital health and connected objects where she supervises the development of a telemedicine platform "Aidewa". Her goal is to actively contribute to the improvement of the quality of care and quality of patient-caregiver relationship thanks to her Clinical experience.

Dr Cristina David, M.D.

I'm a nephrologist and an intensive care physician with a profound interest in renal
pathophysiology. My dedication lies in applying my knowledge to enhance the care of patients facing renal function challenges. I am particularly committed to empowering patients through therapeutic education. Presently, I am actively evaluating the significance of self-care in our healthcare approach.

Innovation stands as a crucial component in revolutionizing the healthcare journey for kidney patients. Introducing novel methodologies and technologies is imperative to elevate the standard of care, improve treatment outcomes, and enhance patient experiences. Moreover, the underestimated potential of telehealth in nephrology cannot be overlooked. Telehealth services hold the promise of providing accessible, convenient, and effective care, offering a valuable means of monitoring, education, and support for renal patients. Embracing telehealth initiatives could significantly bridge gaps in care, particularly in remote or underserved areas, fostering a more holistic and inclusive healthcare landscape for kidney patients.
Partnership

That's my diet

We are proud to introduce "That's My Diet," our esteemed partner in this collaborative journey. Renowned for their expertise in personalized nutrition, they bring a vital dimension to our comprehensive kidney care approach.

"That's My Diet" stands at the forefront of dietary management and nutrition counseling, specializing in creating customized diet plans tailored to individual health needs. Their team of professional dietitians is adept at conducting in-depth dietary assessments, which form the basis for personalized nutrition strategies.

Their approach is grounded in the latest nutritional science, ensuring that each diet plan not only addresses specific kidney-related conditions but also aligns with overall health goals. Whether it's managing chronic kidney disease, preventing kidney stones, or enhancing general kidney function, "That's My Diet" offers a nuanced understanding of how diet impacts kidney health.

The collaboration between Renal Care Clinic and "That's My Diet" is more than just a partnership; it's a fusion of medical expertise and nutritional science. This synergy allows us to provide a holistic care experience that encompasses both medical treatment and dietary optimization.

Patients of Renal Care Clinic will benefit immensely from this partnership. "That's My Diet" will work alongside our medical team, offering tailored dietary consultations and follow-ups. This integrated approach ensures that our patients receive comprehensive care that addresses all aspects of kidney health.

In summary, "That's My Diet" is not just our partner but an extension of our commitment to your health. Their expertise in dietetics will play a crucial role in enhancing the effectiveness of our kidney care programs and in empowering our patients with the knowledge and tools needed for a healthier lifestyle.

New: Introducing Hybrid Care with Aidewa

Starting from September 4th, we’re introducing a unique hybrid care model at our clinic. We combine in-person consultations with remote urine parameter monitoring using the Class 1a medical device AIDEWA®.

This patented medical software focuses on water intake to optimize patient hydration.
Maintain your activities while receiving frequent, rapid, and regular remote support.
We aim to offer care that’s both quantitative and qualitative, enhancing your daily life with the help of the AIDEWA smart water bottle to track your water intake.

How Do We Work?

Identifying the origin of your kidney disease and/or kidney stones relies on a specialized assessment crucial for accurate diagnosis. This involves recommended blood tests, a 24-hour urine collection for urine analysis, and a cytobacteriological urine examination.

We start with detailed diagnostics to pinpoint your kidney condition.

At Renal Care Clinic, our initial step is to conduct a thorough diagnostic assessment to determine the underlying causes of your kidney disease or kidney stones. This involves a series of tests that may include:

  • Blood Tests: Essential for evaluating kidney function.
  • 24-Hour Urine Collection: To analyze kidney performance over a day.
  • Urine Culture: To detect any bacterial infections.
  • Imaging Techniques: We primarily use ultrasound to examine your kidneys and bladder. In certain cases, additional imaging like abdominal scans or urinary system scans may be required for a more detailed view.
  • Kidney Biopsy (when necessary): Involves taking a small tissue sample from your kidney for detailed analysis.

Customized treatments cater to your specific kidney health needs.

For Chronic Kidney Disease:
Our focus is on identifying the cause of reduced kidney function and implementing strategies to prevent further deterioration, potentially delaying or avoiding the need for dialysis.

For Kidney Stones:
We aim to determine the causative factors of stone formation and provide treatments to prevent recurrence and mitigate complications.

Advanced tools and ongoing management support your kidney health journey.

  • Remote Monitoring: We employ continuous remote monitoring to integrate your treatment into daily life, ensuring long-term, high-quality care.
  • Inbody Balance Assessment: A specialized tool to evaluate your body mass composition, offering insights into your cardiovascular risk.
  • AIDEWA® Smartbottle: This device tracks your hydration levels at home, playing a crucial role in your kidney health management.

We employ proven strategies to slow your kidney disease progression.

Adhering to ‘nephroprotection measures’ is crucial in slowing the progression of kidney disease. These include lifestyle modifications recommended by the KDIGO 2022 guidelines, such as regular physical activity, dietary changes, weight management, and smoking cessation. These measures are instrumental in preserving kidney function for an extended period.

Our integrated care plan focuses on comprehensive kidney health support.

For those with impaired kidney function, we offer comprehensive care plans in collaboration with your primary care physician and nephrologist. This integrated approach focuses on maintaining kidney health, minimizing the risk of cardiac complications, and enhancing overall well-being.

About kidney diseases

TERMINOLOGY

Nephrology

The branch of medicine that deals with the study, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases and conditions related to the kidneys.

Nephrologist

A medical doctor specialized in nephrology, focusing on the diagnosis and treatment of kidney diseases and conditions.

Dietician

A healthcare professional trained in nutrition and dietetics, who can provide advice on proper food choices to promote health and manage diseases.

Chronic kidney disease

(CKD) A long-term condition where the kidneys do not function properly, leading to a gradual loss of kidney function over time.

Kidney lithiasis

This refers to the formation or presence of stones, specifically within the kidneys. These stones are hard deposits made of minerals and salts that form inside the kidneys. They can cause pain and may lead to complications if not treated. Kidney lithiasis is often synonymous with the term “kidney stones.”

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What are the signs and symptoms of chronic kidney disease?

Symptoms of chronic kidney disease include fatigue, swelling in the ankles and feet, persistent itching, shortness of breath, nausea, and frequent urination, especially at night. However, the early stages of chronic kidney disease may not present any symptoms.

When should I see a doctor?

If you experience any persistent symptoms related to kidney disease or have known risk factors, it’s crucial to see a doctor. An early diagnosis can lead to more effective disease management.

What is the treatment for chronic kidney disease

Treatment for chronic kidney disease aims to slow the progression of kidney damage, typically by addressing its root cause. This can encompass, lifestyle modifications, and in severe cases, dialysis or kidney transplantation.

Are any patients prone to kidney disease?

Yes, individuals with conditions like diabetes, hypertension, or those with a family history of kidney disease, as well as older individuals, are at a higher risk of developing kidney disease.

What factors can increase my risk of chronic kidney disease?

Risk factors for chronic kidney disease encompass diabetes, high blood pressure, a family history of kidney disease, advanced age, heart disease.

We're here to help

Taking that first step towards better kidney health can be overwhelming, but we’re here to guide you with expertise and care. Your well-being is our priority, and together, we’ll navigate this journey towards improved health and quality of life.

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