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Managing Diabetes and Hypertension for Better Kidney Health

Living with uncontrolled high blood sugar (diabetes) or high blood pressure (hypertension) can pose a significant risk to your kidneys’ well-being. Medical experts have affirmed the link between these chronic illnesses and compromised kidney health, underlining the need for timely management and intervention. Considering Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) affects approximately 15% of the general US population, according to the National Kidney Foundation, it’s time we took a deep breath and dived headfirst into the management of diabetes and hypertension.


The Damaging Effects of Diabetes and Hypertension on Kidney Health

Hypertension and diabetes significantly impact kidney health, as both conditions can damage the kidneys’ tiny blood vessels over time. With diabetes, the body’s abnormally high blood sugar levels can lead to glomerulosclerosis. In this condition, the kidneys’ small filtering units, the glomeruli, become scarred and unable to filter waste and toxins from the bloodstream effectively, leading to kidney disease. Almost 1 in 3 people with diabetes will have Diabetic Nephropathy (kidney disease), and it is the leading cause of kidney failure in the United States.

Similarly, hypertension forces the heart to pump blood more intensely, placing extra pressure on all blood vessels, including the delicate ones in the kidneys. The consistent force exerted by high blood pressure can cause kidney damage and eventual kidney disease. High blood pressure is the second leading cause of kidney failure in the United States after diabetes, as 25% of kidney patients have high blood pressure as the main cause of their kidney failure.


Together, uncontrolled diabetes and hypertension can lead to accelerated kidney damage, potentially resulting in kidney failure.

The Importance of Kidney Health

Your kidneys are small but mighty. They are your body’s filtration system, removing waste products from your bloodstream to help maintain a healthy internal environment. However, high blood sugar levels and pressure can overload them, causing irreversible damage. Therefore, managing diabetes and hypertension is necessary for maintaining healthy kidneys.

The Careful Management of Diabetes

While there’s no definitive cure for diabetes, you can manage the disease and take the strain off of your kidneys.

The critical step in managing diabetes is maintaining a balanced diet. By consuming high-fiber, low-sugar meals, you limit the amount of sugar that enters your bloodstream, reducing strain on your kidneys. Next, practice regular exercise. Physical activity helps to regulate your blood sugar, preventing drastic swings that can cause damage to your kidneys. Lastly, make sure to attend those doctor appointments. Regular check-ups ensure you’re on the right track and catch potential complications early.

Controlling Hypertension

Regular exercise benefits individuals with high blood pressure as well. By engaging in regular physical activity, you strengthen the heart, reducing the force needed to pump blood, thus lowering your blood pressure. A healthy diet (low in salt and high in fruits and vegetables) also lowers blood pressure. Just as with diabetes, regular check-ups are a necessary step in managing your hypertension.

Listen to Your Body: Common Symptoms of Kidney Health Issues Triggered by Diabetes or Hypertension

Poor kidney health, often exacerbated by diabetes and hypertension, can manifest through several common symptoms. People might experience fatigue and weakness due to the kidneys’ inability to make enough erythropoietin, a hormone that stimulates red blood cell production. 

Another common symptom is swelling or puffiness, especially around the ankles, eyes, and feet, due to kidneys being unable to remove enough excess fluid from the body. An increased need to urinate, especially at night, changes in urine appearance, or a decrease in urine output can also indicate kidney issues. 

Other symptoms include persistent itching resulting from the buildup of waste in the blood, a lack of appetite, and concentration problems. Noticing blood or protein in the urine, often discovered during routine urine tests, is another critical sign of poor kidney health. 

It’s essential to remember that these symptoms might not become noticeable until kidney function has significantly decreased, highlighting the importance of regular monitoring and early intervention, especially for those with diabetes or hypertension.

Your Health, Our Mission: Exploring the Benefits of Regular Kidney Function Tests with PRINE Health

At PRINE Health, your health is our top priority. Regular kidney function tests are important to detect problems early. Don’t wait for symptoms to show. If you have diabetes or hypertension, schedule regular check-ups to stay ahead of any kidney-related concerns. By managing these conditions, you are securing your kidney health and promoting your overall well-being.

Book your consultation today and protect your kidney health with us. Don’t forget to follow us on social media to keep up with all our news and insights about our multidisciplinary approach to kidney care. 


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Unveiling the Vessels: A Comprehensive Look at Vascular Health for Kidney Patients

Understanding the connection between the heart and the kidneys is simple enough, but we commonly forget that when one of them is in trouble, the other one usually is as well—or is close behind. Fortunately, this is true in the inverse as well: Taking care of your heart is taking care of your kidneys. This article explores the connection between these two vital organs and describes a few ways that you can take care of your vascular system if you struggle with kidney disease.


Connecting the Cardiovascular System

The heart pumps blood throughout the body, the lungs oxygenate it, and the kidneys—connected to the vena cava and aorta—clean it up of toxins and waste before they throw it back into the veins and arteries. We then expel the waste and toxins in urine. By controlling sodium and water balance, the kidneys help the heart regulate blood pressure. Of course, blood pressure is a more complicated matter than that, but it is clear that kidneys are crucial. Finally, kidneys also regulate electrolyte balance, some of which are essential for the myocardium—namely potassium, sodium, magnesium, and calcium.


Cardiovascular disease, which is usually present in chronic kidney disease, is a leading cause of mortality in CKD, especially in its end stages. This is all the more reason to make sure we protect the heart as we protect the kidneys.

Caring for Vascular and Kidney Health: Detection

The first step to ensure proper health for both systems is detection. Of course, this may seem reductionist, but it truly is the best way to get ahead—and there is more to do. This is especially important for patients with diabetes, as it poses the primary risk for kidney disease. Nephrologists insist that a yearly blood test screening for glomerular filtration rate and a urine test looking for protein in urine are excellent ways to find any issues in your kidneys, as well as keeping an eye on your vascular well-being.

On the subject of proteins, the human body has a steady supply of proteins, like ferritin and elastin. Among these is albumin, a protein produced by the liver that is responsible for binding and transporting substances like hormones, vitamins, enzymes, and drugs throughout the bloodstream. It also keeps fluid from leaking from your blood vessels. Albumin is also the first substance to leak through to your urine when the kidney’s glomeruli start to fail. Consult your nephrologist if you present one of the following symptoms, as it may be an indicator of proteinuria:

  • Foamy urine
  • Frequent urination
  • Swelling

What’s more, detection can help in finding the source of any issues you may present, allowing you and your doctor to make more informed decisions for your treatment.

Vascular and Renal Care: Practices

Kidney health starts with water—the clear, simple H2O compound without any additives. Water makes up most of our cellular structure. Constant hydration helps blood vessels work better, including those in the kidneys. It also allows your heart to pump more blood, and it helps oxygen reach your muscles. In the kidneys, it helps prevent stone-forming crystals and lets you produce more urine to expel more waste. Additionally, experts suggest a few more practices to keep both organs healthy.

Diet is also important. It is essential to keep a close eye on cholesterol and triglyceride levels. These two substances can influence the way that kidney and heart conditions evolve. Experts also suggest reducing salts, simple sugars—as you’d find in soda and candy—and saturated fats. In moderation, these substances should be no issue, but cutting them down while struggling with kidney problems is giving your kidneys a step up in their recovery. While we’re on the subject of intake, doctors also suggest reducing ibuprofen and other non-steroidal agents, as kidneys have no way to deal with them.

Activity and weight control are another priority. Physical activity is linked to overall physical health, and it is proven to impact patients with kidney disease positively. Of course, it is vital to stay hydrated and follow your doctor’s guidelines for exercising. Escalations in body weight pose an increased risk of high blood pressure and diabetes, both of which exacerbate kidney disease. It also forces the kidneys to work overtime, filtering more waste than usual, which can increase the risk of disease. We encourage you to approach your nutritionist to explore the best solutions for you.

PRINE Health provides a multidisciplinary approach to kidney health. We pair nephrologists with other professionals to empower patients with kidney disease to live better, fuller lives. Discover the many ways PRINE Vascular can help you, as well as our other specialties. 


Podiatry’s Vital Role: Enhancing Kidney Care Holistically

One of the kidneys’ critical responsibilities in the human body’s complex layout is regulating fluids and electrolytes throughout your body. It’s no wonder that kidney disease impacts so many parts of your body so harshly. 

Taking care of your feet while you struggle with kidney disease is crucial, as they are one of the most severely affected members of your body. Today, we want to discuss why keeping an eye on our feet is important and how podiatry can be your best aid during holistic kidney care.


Common Complications

Before we get started, many of these complications can stem from other diseases and conditions. Contact your GP if you identify any of the following symptoms as your own.

Dry Skin and Itching

As toxins leak through the kidneys’ defenses, they may build up in the bloodstream. This may result in dry skin, which may affect the entire body but can be most uncomfortable in the lower extremities due to how much they are used and how frequently they are covered by fabric.

Infections

Common foot infections can be exacerbated when dealing with kidney disease. This is true for all infections, of course, but something as common as ingrown nails can go unnoticed until it’s well underway. Like the prior entry, this is related to the weakened toxin defense provided by kidneys.

Edema and Swelling

Generally, any kind of swelling is abnormal and can be linked to a different disease.

Kidneys regulate fluids and electrolytes throughout the body. Excess water can be filtered to different parts when their work is compromised. The most commonly affected limbs are the legs and feet. Swelling of the feet is common while struggling with kidneys, and it’s usually an early indicator of kidney problems.

There’s a unique form of swelling related to glomerular disease. In this case, the glomeruli—the filters in your kidneys—leak a protein named albumin into your urine, which in turn impacts fluid buildup. Glomerular disease presents a bigger risk when dealing with diabetic kidney disease, as systemic diseases tend to affect glomeruli.

Nerve Issues

Kidney failure, especially in its later stages, can impact the peripheral nervous system. The damage is especially evident in the legs. Common symptoms of nerve damage include numbness, tingling, and burning pain. In severe cases, a patient can experience total sensation loss, which can increase the risk of injury and infection. 


Caring for Your Feet

As we have seen in the symptoms and their connection to the kidney’s functions, it’s clear that keeping a close eye on your foot health can make a difference in diagnostics. But there are other ways that podiatry can be of service in overall renal care.

For one, dialysis alone is a risk factor for foot ulcers. The risk is even higher for patients with diabetes and diabetes-related kidney failure. Additionally, the procedure commonly leads to nerve damage, which we covered in the previous section. 

Your podiatrist won’t cure your kidneys, but keeping close contact with a podiatrist can make the difference in the complications that result from your condition. What’s more, since the specifics of care are so unique in kidney-related conditions, it’s crucial that you inform your podiatrist of any kidney disease that may be present.

In addition to working with a podiatrist, we suggest a couple of measures you can take at home to keep your feet as healthy as possible. For one, practice hygiene: wash and dry your feet well, but don’t soak them. As you do, check your skin for any sores or inflammation. Keep active within your range of possibility; blood flow is almost always good. If you can, keep up to date with your blood sugar.

Commonly, your nephrologist and podiatrist will work together, constantly finding solutions and treatments. At PRINE, we ensure communication between your doctors seeking to provide more holistic care for such a system-damaging condition. 


Fueling Kidney Health

The kidney is the prime filter of the human body—along with other essential tasks. It tackles toxins in the bloodstream and manages fluids and electrolytes throughout the organism, keeping us running. As such, it’s important to know how to keep them in tip-top shape and how to help them when they’re not.

Kidney disease affects 15% of the US population, and that only includes people who know they have it. Today, we’ll focus on a few ways to keep your kidneys healthy, and some recommended behaviors during care.


Healthy Diet and Habits

Overall, we recommend keeping a balanced diet consistent with your caloric intake needs, providing all forms of nutrients for a fully functioning body. Additionally, getting in your 30 minutes of daily exercise and drinking plenty of water allows your kidneys to clean the blood supply more efficiently and distribute these fluids throughout your body.

Keep your body moving within the range of what’s comfortable and possible. Keeping blood flowing aids in lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, as well as promoting muscle health. Your body is amazing, so keep it moving.

Choose Healthy Foods

We can take a page from the American Kidney Fund, which suggests that the right diet for a patient with kidney disease consists of the right proteins for growth and healing, fats for energy, vitamin distribution and temperature, and carbs, which are more easily transformed to energy than protein and fat. 

Bet on more natural and healthier options that are low in sodium and grain carbs, and healthier carbs like fruit and vegetables. Naturally, discuss with your dietitian what diet is best for your case.

Monitor Levels

Keep a close eye on blood pressure, as it constricts and narrows blood vessels, including those of the kidneys. Cholesterol, other than impacting blood flow, can clog renal arteries, resulting in diminished kidney function. If you have any type of diabetes, it’s crucial to keep an eye out on your renal health, as it is proven to injure renal blood vessels as well.

Be sure to approach your doctors if you have any questions to stay one step ahead.

Limit Alcohol and Pill Intake

Alcohol severely impacts renal function, as it introduces toxins to the bloodstream. Your liver may do most of the heavy lifting when dealing with alcohol, but your kidneys do their share, too. A small amount of alcohol tends to be no problem; moderation is key. 

Something similar happens with over-the-counter drugs. Substances like ibuprofen and aspirin, while helpful in many instances, often impact the kidneys through toxins that slowly limit renal function. Limit over-the-counter drug use to 10 days. If there are no changes, contact your doctor.

Know the Signs

There are few to no symptoms associated with the early stages of kidney disease; approaching your doctor regularly is the best measure. 

As CKD gets worse, a few common symptoms start showing up:

  • Tiredness
  • A constant need to urinate
  • Blood in the urine
  • Swollen ankles or other limbs as a result of water retention, otherwise known as edema
  • Sudden weight loss and lack of appetite

These symptoms on their own may indicate anything, so the best course of action when they become present is to contact your practitioner.


Ask Your Doctor

As we repeated throughout this post, a proper medical check-up is the best way to find any issues with your kidneys. Medical treatment is also the most indicated course of action, especially considering how vital kidneys are for the entirety of the body. Timely attention to kidney health can make a difference in your treatment. 
PRINE Health provides holistic care for chronic kidney disease and other common renal afflictions. We have teams and partners all over the country, so we encourage you to approach us and set up an appointment. Make use of our guides on kidney health diet here. Your kidney health matters.


A Whole-istic View: The Emphasis on Holistic Kidney Care and Its Integral Role in Modern Healthcare

As we continue to advance in the pivotal field of healthcare, a paradigm shift is evident. The predominant focus that was once on treating isolated ailments is slowly giving way to an incline toward a more comprehensive, ecological approach. This is the philosophy that we at PRINE Health embrace with open arms. We champion a holistic approach where we hand-hold our patients through their illness while paying heed to their systemic health.


The Imperative of Kidney Health Management

Emphasizing kidney health is critical, especially in the face of the pervasive Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), which currently affects nearly 30 million adults across the United States. This vast prevalence requires the healthcare community to confront not only the sheer volume of cases but also the intricate and convoluted nature of the disease itself. CKD, often described as an insidious enemy, extends beyond renal health, impacting a multitude of bodily systems and often masking its true reach with muted elusive symptoms.

CKD: The Unpredictable Adversary

The intricate and deceptive nature of CKD poses further difficulties, with an overwhelming 86% of cases presenting with one or more additional health conditions or comorbidities. Comorbidity alliances, including diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, depression, and bone disease, further complicate CKD, intertwining with the primary disease in a pernicious dance that accelerates disease progression and complicates treatment strategies.

Responding to the Multifaceted Nature of CKD

The precarious interplay between CKD and its frequent comorbidities necessitates an approach to kidney care that is both comprehensive and individualized—one that can navigate this complex health landscape and address each patient’s unique needs. This calls for collaborative healthcare that synchronizes treatment strategies across different health fields to combat CKD effectively. In the face of such a formidable adversary, our healthcare approach must evolve, acknowledging and addressing the many dimensions of CKD to provide targeted, impactful care.

The Narrow Lens of Specialized Care

The present healthcare system, marked by its proficiency in treating individual health problems, frequently falters when grappling with intricate disorders such as Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). Specialized care, with its sole focus on the kidneys, can unintentionally bypass the profound implications that comorbidities present. Ignoring these jeopardizes a patient’s overall health and recovery prospects, underscoring the need for a broader health strategy that includes every facet of a patient’s well-being.

Such “tunnel-vision” care can, regrettably, diminish the quality of life for those afflicted with CKD. The patient’s battle doesn’t end with disease-specific treatment; they must also contend with the effects their ailment has on their daily life. Viewing CKD in isolation and neglecting its interconnected comorbidities can impede recovery and undermine treatment efficacy.

This snapshot into the limitations of specialized care highlights the pressing need for an approach that caters to a patient’s all-inclusive health status. To effectively tackle CKD, healthcare needs to transcend its current practices and adopt a strategy that appreciates the patient as an integrated whole rather than a collection of separate ailments.


The Holistic Success Formula at PRINE Health

At PRINE Health, we detour from the traditional path. Our philosophy hinges on a unique, well-rounded care model tailored to the needs of our CKD patients. By creating a robust multi-specialty setup, we ensure patients’ needs are met through a seamless interplay between nephrologists, primary care professionals, and other pertinent specialists.

Our blueprint for success is founded on agile care management, bolstered by advanced IT infrastructure. The objective is value-based kidney care, and we navigate these complex waters steered by our four primary goals:

  • Improving the Quality of Kidney Care: Leveraging a multidisciplinary approach, our mission is to provide a wide spectrum of care that fulfills a patient’s collective health needs.
  • Improving Access to Care and Patient Satisfaction: Centering patient care around the individual unlocks the door to healthcare that is not only efficient and effective but also conducive to bolstering patients’ overall contentment with their care regimen.
  • Eliminating Waste, Redundancies, and Inefficiencies: A harmonious and coordinated team can substantially enhance productivity, ensuring patients benefit from lean care, where they enjoy necessary treatment without the hassle of duplicated or unnecessary procedures.
  • Improving the Experience for Physicians and Care Partners: A cohesive work environment allows healthcare professionals to optimize patient care coordination, reducing stress, enhancing job satisfaction, and cultivating an improved care culture.

By keeping these strategic goals in our sights, we strive to actualize our vision: constructing a comforting and empathetic space for our patients—a safe kidney home where patients’ trials and experiences are recognized, acknowledged, and addressed with care.

PRINE Health stands proud at the vanguard of this evolving paradigm in healthcare, endorsing a comprehensive approach to kidney care. Our faith in treating our patients beyond their individual ailments exemplifies our commitment to fostering improved patient outcomes, higher satisfaction rates, and a healthier future for all our patrons.


We believe that health transcends the mere absence of disease. At PRINE Health, we strive to add life to years, not just years to life. Health, for us, is a blissful blend of mental, emotional, and physical well-being, and we are deeply committed to enriching every facet.

Addressing Peripheral Vascular Issues for Kidney Patients

As a healthcare provider specializing in kidney care, PRINE Health is deeply invested in maintaining the vascular health of our patients. One of the most pressing conditions faced by kidney patients today is peripheral vascular disease (PVD), which affects blood vessels outside the heart and brain and is characterized by narrowed arteries reducing blood flow to the limbs.


The Connection Between Peripheral Vascular Disease and Kidney Health

Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) and kidney disease often co-exist in patients due to shared risk factors and common conditions. Atherosclerosis, or the buildup of fatty deposits in artery walls, significantly contributes to PVD. In kidney patients, atherosclerosis can be more prevalent due to their kidney condition, leading to pain during exercise, numbness, and, in severe cases, infection or gangrene.

A factor fueling atherosclerosis in kidney patients is the altered mineral metabolism linked with kidney disease. High blood phosphorus levels, commonly found in advanced kidney disease, can promote calcium and phosphate deposition in arteries, adding to the plaque buildup.

Further, kidney patients frequently battle other conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure, which escalate the risk of developing PVD. Diabetes harms blood vessels throughout the body, encouraging atherosclerosis and increasing the predisposition for PVD. High blood pressure, on the other hand, silently inflicts damage on blood vessels, increasing both kidney disease and PVD risks.

In essence, the strong correlation between PVD and kidney health underscores the need for comprehensive treatment approaches. These approaches must not only tackle kidney disease but also proactively curtail the risk of PVD, underlining that optimal vascular health isn’t optional for kidney patients; it is a medical necessity.


The Importance of Comprehensive Vascular Care for Kidney Patients

For kidney patients enmeshed in the complexity of managing their condition, a proactive and comprehensive approach to care for their vascular health is crucial. At PRINE Health, we acknowledge this imperative, ensuring that preventing and managing peripheral vascular disease (PVD) is a central focus of our provided care.


The Cornerstones of Comprehensive Vascular Care

Our model for comprehensive vascular care revolves around three core pillars—regular vascular screenings, astute medical management, and a range of treatment options encompassing non-invasive and minimally invasive vascular procedures.

  • Vascular Screenings: Regular vascular screenings play a pivotal role in ensuring early detection of PVD. These essential health checks enable us to catch PVD in its infancy, long before it has a chance to progress into a life-threatening condition. Our screening arsenal involves testing procedures that are simple and painless. For example, we often use an ankle-brachial index test, which involves comparing the blood pressure in your ankles to the blood pressure in your arms to ascertain restricted blood flow. Further, ultrasound imaging helps us visualize the blood flow in your limbs—an important diagnostic resource that reveals any pinched or blocked vessels.
  • Medical Management: Aligned with the findings from the vascular screenings, we adopt a medical management approach that is personalized, taking into account the unique health status and needs of every patient. Our medical professionals are ready with a range of strategies, including lifestyle adjustments and medication prescriptions, each aiming to slow down the progression of the disease, manage symptoms, and reduce the risk of complications.
  • Treatment Options: For cases where lifestyle changes and medication aren’t enough, we are equipped with a selection of treatments to confront the disease head-on. Non-invasive treatments range from exercise therapy to advanced wound care and compression therapy. In circumstances where these are not sufficient, we rely on our capability to perform minimally invasive vascular procedures with the utmost precision aimed at restoring proper blood flow.

Every touchpoint within our comprehensive vascular care approach is designed to keep kidney patients one step ahead of PVD. By providing regular assessments, personalized medical management, and appropriate, timely treatments, we are committed to reducing the adverse impacts of PVD on kidney patients’ lives.


Benefits of Vascular Screening

Vascular screening brings numerous benefits to kidney patients:

  • Early Detection: Vascular screenings enable us to detect PVD before it causes significant symptoms. Early detection allows for a wider range of less invasive treatment options and can prevent severe complications.
  • Better Treatment Planning: Regular screenings offer up-to-date information on your vascular health, enabling your healthcare provider to optimize your treatment plan.
  • Reduced Health Risks: Regular vascular screening reduces the risk of severe complications, such as heart attacks, strokes, and limb amputations.

At PRINE Health, we are committed to providing our kidney patients with comprehensive vascular care. Our dedicated team of professionals tailors treatments to individual patient needs, helping them achieve the best possible outcomes. Learn more about our vascular care services here.

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Causes Of Overactive Bladder

Overactive bladder (OAB) is a common condition affecting millions worldwide. It can significantly impact one’s quality of life, causing frequent and sudden urination urges. Fortunately, various management techniques are available to help individuals regain control and improve their bladder function. If you’re seeking professional assistance, a urologist in Hewlett NY at PRINE Health, can provide expert guidance and tailored treatment options. This article will explore the causes of overactive bladder and discuss effective management techniques to help you find relief.

Causes of Overactive Bladder:
Understanding the underlying causes of overactive bladder is crucial in managing the condition effectively. While the exact cause may vary from person to person, some common factors that contribute to OAB include:

•Bladder Muscle Dysfunction: An overactive bladder can result from involuntary contractions of the bladder muscles.
•Nerve Problems: Nerve damage or dysfunction can disrupt the communication between the bladder and the brain, leading to OAB symptoms.
•Bladder Irritation: Conditions such as urinary tract infections or bladder stones can irritate the bladder, triggering overactive symptoms.

Management Techniques for Overactive Bladder:
Managing an overactive bladder involves a combination of lifestyle modifications, behavioral strategies, and medical interventions. Here are some effective techniques to consider:

•Bladder Training: This technique involves scheduled voiding and gradually increasing the time between bathroom visits to improve bladder control.
•Pelvic Floor Exercises: Strengthening the pelvic floor muscles through exercises like Kegels can help enhance bladder control and reduce OAB symptoms.
•Fluid Management: Adjusting fluid intake, avoiding bladder irritants (e.g., caffeine and alcohol), and maintaining a healthy hydration balance can minimize OAB symptoms.
•Medications: Our urologist may prescribe medications to relax the bladder muscles, decrease bladder spasms, or regulate nerve signals to alleviate OAB symptoms.

Consult Our Urologist in Hewlett NY at PRINE Health:
An overactive bladder doesn’t have to control your life. By understanding the causes and implementing effective management techniques, you can improve your bladder function and reduce the impact of OAB on your daily activities. Consulting our urologist in Hewlett NY, at PRINE Health is crucial for receiving expert guidance and personalized treatment options. Remember, you don’t have to face this condition alone. Don’t let an overactive bladder hold you back—take proactive steps toward managing and overcoming this condition today.

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Welcome to PRINE Urology. We are dedicated to providing our patients with state-of-the-art medical and surgical treatments available. Our physician is a board-certified Urologist who treats a wide array of urological conditions from minor problems to complex surgery. We provide a comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan for every patient in a friendly, personal, and compassionate manner. Contact our Urologist in Hewlett NY today!

Our mission at PRINE Urology is to passionately pursue our patients’ health and well-being by providing the most sophisticated diagnostic, therapeutic, health-promoting, and preventative practices, with unrelenting attention to the individual needs of each patient. We recognize each patient’s needs and desired outcomes while formulating an effective and personalized treatment plan. Dr. Grotas is a board-certified urologist, specializing in male and female urinary issues. He has authored many articles in peer-reviewed urology and radiology journals.

Services Offered:

We diagnose and treat any and all conditions including specializing in the following urological services and a full array of services:

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Prostate Biopsy With Local AnesthesiaState Of Art Digital Cystoscopy With Local AnesthesiaUrodynamic TestingNerve Testing For Urine Analysis And Sophisticated Pathologic TestingCommon Urological ConditionsFrom routine checkups to treatments and surgery, New York Urology focuses on all of your urological ailments, with all the services you need to feel happy and healthy: Kidney StonesProstate Cancer Screening And TreatmentMale Sexual FunctionEnlarged ProstateOveractive Bladder For Men And WomenBlood In Urine (Hematuria)Urinary Tract InfectionsMale AndropauseFeel Better TodayWe offer diagnostic services and a broad spectrum of surgical and non-surgical treatments for both male and female urological conditions. Patient care is our highest priority, and we encourage you to contact us with your questions and concerns. Our professional, friendly, and knowledgeable physicians and staff are proud to assist you in managing your urologic health. We look forward to providing you with quality comprehensive medical care.

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Why You Should Be Taking Vitamins For CKD
Why You Should Be Taking Vitamins
Why You Should Be Taking Vitamins For CKD

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) occurs when the kidney gradually loses function over time. According to the National Kidney Foundation, chronic kidney disease is extremely common; the disease affects 30 million adults in America. When left untreated, it can become progressively worse, leading to a plethora of health complications. Complications may include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Anemia
  • Weak bones
  • Poor nutritional health
  • Nerve damage

Visiting a medical professional is the first step toward treating CKD. When you visit a nephrologist in Freeport, they may suggest you make certain lifestyle changes to help prevent the disease from further affecting your health. This could include taking vitamins with specific nutrients that promote kidney health.  

Why You Should Be Taking Vitamins:

In general, vitamins and supplements can offer you a number of different health benefits. Certain health conditions, like CKD, may require you to take prescribed medications or avoid certain foods, which could lead you to miss out on nutrients.

For CKD or any other kidney complication, vitamins can be one of the best forms of treatment as well as prevention. If you suffer from kidney disease of any sort, it is highly likely that you are lacking vitamins and minerals. When you visit your nephrologist in Freeport, you can ask which vitamins your body may be lacking and how you can get back on track.

Which Vitamins Are Best For CKD:

When talking with your nephrologist in Freeport, it’s important to highlight which vitamins or minerals your body may be in need of. Being able to identify the specific kinds of supplements that can help promote kidney health is essential. If you are looking to improve your health with vitamins, you may want to consider the following:

  • B Complex
  • Iron
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D
  • Calcium

Paring these vitamins together can help prevent complications that come along with CKD. Aside from knowing which vitamins you need, also be mindful of the ones you should avoid. These include:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin K

These vitamins can build up in your body and lead to a surplus, which can become harmful.

Contact A Nephrologist In Freeport:

If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about the benefits of vitamins for CKD, pay a visit to our team at PRINE Health. We offer an extensive network of nephrologists who can help guide you down the path to better kidney health. Visit our website to learn more about our locations and to schedule an appointment.

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When Do I Need To Worry About My Creatinine Levels?
When Do I Need To Worry About My Creatinine

Creatinine levels are essential for your health. The groups are measured in milligrams per deciliter and are found in the blood and urine. Levels of creatinine in the blood can be measured to assess the risk of disease, but stories in urine can also be calculated for the same purposes. PRINE Health is available to assist you in learning about creatinine. Visit our website to schedule an appointment with the best nephrologist on Long Island NY.

What Are Creatinine Levels?

Creatinine levels are a measurement of the amount of creatinine in your blood. Creatinine is a waste product that is created when muscle cells break down. Creatinine is filtered out of the blood by the kidneys and is then excreted in the urine. If your creatinine levels are high, your kidneys are not working correctly. Several things, including diabetes, dehydration, or kidney disease, can cause this. It would be best if you were concerned when your creatinine levels are high. If your creatinine levels are high, contact the best nephrologist in Long Island NY.

When Do I Need To Worry About My Creatinine Levels?

Creatinine is a substance found in your blood and a byproduct of muscle metabolism. Creatinine is excreted through the kidneys. Most people with kidney disease have high levels of creatinine in their blood. This is because the kidneys can no longer filter the blood effectively. However, creatinine levels can also be high in people who do not have kidney disease. This may be caused by many things, including a condition called hypercreatininemia. Increased creatinine levels in the blood or urine characterize this condition. It is crucial to have your creatinine levels checked once a year by a healthcare provider. PRINE Health can conduct an accurate reading of creatinine and give you advice about the results. We can pair you with some of the best nephrologists in Long Island NY!

Factors Affecting Creatinine Levels

Creatinine is a waste product that is produced in the kidneys. When creatinine levels are too high, it is usually due to kidney disease. Creatinine levels are checked with a simple urine test at the doctor’s office. When creatinine levels are too high, it is usually due to kidney disease. Creatinine levels are checked with a simple urine test at the doctor’s office.

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Creatinine levels are a part of the health check your doctor may perform to ensure you are in good health. This is a non-toxic chemical your body produces and excretes through the kidneys. There are two levels of creatinine: the first level is the level that is excreted by the kidneys, and the second is the level that is passed through the urine. Visit our website or call us today if you want the best nephrologist in Long Island NY!

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When Should I Worry About Kidney Pain?
When Should I Worry About Kidney

If you experience kidney pain, you likely have a problem in your urinary system. Due to the severity of this, you should visit a doctor immediately. Our nephrologist in Long Island NY, can help diagnose and treat the condition. Visit our experienced staff at Prine Health to get started.

Pain in the kidneys can be a sign of a variety of serious issues, including the following:

●Kidney infection
●Kidney stones
●Kidney cancer

While it may not be as severe as the conditions above, it is difficult to know without a proper diagnosis, so it is better to be safe and verify where your kidney pain is coming from so you can begin treatment.

Symptoms

Kidney pain will feel like constant aching pain rather than acute sharp pain. It will usually appear in the following areas:

●Upper abdomen
●Back
●Sides

You may be experiencing other symptoms along with Kidney pain, depending on your diagnosis. Our nephrologist in Long Island NY, can analyze your symptoms and run tests to find the best treatment to recover.

Treatment

The treatment you receive will significantly depend on your diagnosis by our nephrologist in Long Island NY. Your treatment options will vary depending on the severity of the condition. If there is a structural problem, it will likely require surgery. Nonetheless, there are many options to relieve the pain.

The following are standard treatment methods to relieve kidney pain:

●Heat Application
●Applying heating pads to the abdomen, back, and sides can help to relax the muscles and reduce pain.
●Take pain relief medication.
●If the pain is severe, your doctor may prescribe medication. However, you should always ask your doctor before starting any medication, particularly if you are starting any other treatments with which the drug could interfere.
●Stay hydrated.
●Staying hydrated is vital for good kidney health. It can also flush out bacteria that may be causing a kidney infection.

Request An Appointment With Our Nephrologist in Long Island NY

If you have been experiencing kidney pain, make an appointment now with our nephrologist in Long Island NY. You can find a provider near you on our website. Our doctors can provide a complete diagnosis and treatment plan for whatever condition is causing your kidney pain. Don’t ignore your kidney pain and wait to find out you may have a terminal illness. Get treatment now so you can return to an active and pain-free life.

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What Does A Nephrologist Do?
What Does A Nephrologist Do

Do you know what a Nephrologist does? A Nephrologist is a doctor who specializes in conditions that affect the kidney. Kidney disease can develop from other health issues like Diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and high blood pressure. Having Chronic Kidney disease can cause anemia, osteoporosis, an irregular heartbeat, or a weakened immune system. If you are suffering from kidney problems, a Nephrologist is a doctor for treatment. They can create a management plan to overcome low-functioning kidneys. If you are looking for a Nephrologist in Long Island, NY, contact PRINE Health today and schedule your appointment!

What is a Nephrologist?

Nephrology is sometimes referred to as renal medicine. Nephrologists diagnose, treat, and oversee acute and chronic kidney diseases. They are also qualified to treat high blood pressure, fluid retention, and electrolyte and mineral balances. Your kidneys work to filter your blood to remove toxins as they monitor the water, acid-base, and mineral ratios in your body. If your kidneys start not working correctly, they won’t do their job of keeping your blood clean. This could put you at risk of developing kidney disease or kidney failure at some point in time. Nephrologists are trained and educated in diagnosing and treating kidney conditions to keep you in good health. If you are searching for a Nephrologist in Long Island, NY, contact PRINE Health today!

Reasons to See a Nephrologist

At most times, an individual wouldn’t go to a Nephrologist unless told to by their doctor. A doctor would refer you to a Nephrologist if you had the following conditions:

●Chronic UTI- If you are someone who happens to get a lot of UTIs, you are at a greater risk of the infection traveling up to your kidneys.
●Recurring Kidney Stones- If you are getting a lot of kidney stones, then your kidney is not doing its job of filtering out waste and toxins and is letting deposits accumulate.
●Foamy Urine- If you notice foam in your urine, it means you have a high amount of protein. This could cause your kidneys to be damaged if it’s a more severe case.
●Itchy Skin And Bone Or Joint Pain- If you notice you’re experiencing joint and bone pain along with itchy skin, you may have a mineral and bone disorder known as renal bone disease. This condition happens when the kidneys cannot sustain the amount of calcium and phosphorus your body needs. This condition can cause weakened bones and heart and blood vessel problems if not treated quickly enough.

Treatment At Prine Health With Our Nephrologist on Long Island NY

At PRINE Health, our doctors specialize in Nephrology. We like to focus on kidney care because millions of people are suffering from a kidney condition right now, and we are aware it is one of the most expensive diseases to treat. We are supported by a physician-owned managerial service organization to provide all patients with the care and attention they need to be healthy and live their lives to the fullest! If you are looking for a Nephrologist in Long Island, NY, contact PRINE Health today and schedule your appointment!

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Warning Signs Of Kidney Cancer
Warning Signs Of Kidney Cancer

Being told you have cancer is never easy to hear. The earlier you are diagnosed, however, the better. Paying attention to warning signs and being seen by a doctor right away can help you have a better chance of treatment working quickly and with fewer complications. Kidney cancer occurs when healthy cells in the kidneys grow out of control to form a tumor and is one of the most common cancers among both men and women. At PRINE Health, a medical group in Bellmore, our experienced nephrologists and primary care physicians are experts in kidney care.  We can ensure you receive the best advice and care when it comes to your kidneys and can help you identify warning signs of kidney cancer to be certain that you get an accurate and early diagnosis so you can return to your optimal health as quickly as possible.

Symptoms Of Kidney Cancer:

Various symptoms can signal the possible presence of cancer in your kidneys.  Here are some of the most common symptoms of kidney cancer that should lead you to alert a medical group in Bellmore:

  • Anemia – Having a low red blood cell count is currently the most common presenting warning sign of kidney cancer.  The kidneys produce a protein called erythropoietin which promotes red blood cell production. Production halts when there is cancer in the kidneys because erythropoietin also stops being produced.  However, there are some cases where having a very high red blood cell count is a sign of kidney cancer because in some cases the tumor in the kidneys will start overproducing the erythropoietin.
  • Blood in the urine (hematuria) – About half of those with kidney cancer had blood in their urine as a warning sign.  The blood can sometimes be identified visually by the individual or the blood can be microscopic and has to be identified by a urinalysis. If you are finding blood in your urine, make sure to contact a medical group in Bellmore as soon as possible.  
  • Pain in the back, side, or abdomen – The pain can be sharp or dull and in all or only one of these areas. 
  • A mass on the back, side, or abdomen – Any kind of lump you notice in one of these areas can be a warning sign.
  • Cachexia – A syndrome that consists of unintentional weight loss, loss of appetite, and loss of muscle mass.  Any of these symptoms individually can also be a warning sign.
  • Extreme fatigue – Finding yourself extremely exhausted and it getting progressively worse is a common sign of any cancer.
  • Fever – The fever could be persistent or come and go but typically is more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • High blood pressure – Since one of the functions of the kidneys is to produce hormones that regulate blood pressure, continuous high blood pressure can be a warning sign and further cause more kidney damage.
  • Swelling in the feet or ankles – Similar to high blood pressure, the kidneys help regulate fluid balance in the body, and kidney cancer can affect the regulation and cause fluid build-up around the feet or ankles. 

Signs Your Cancer Has Metastasized:

Over 30% of individuals who get diagnosed with kidney cancer have already experienced metastases meaning that cancer has spread to other parts of the body.  If your cancer has spread, it is likely you will also experience these symptoms:

  • Cough – This would typically be a persistent cough.  Other symptoms usually present with coughing are chest pain, wheezing, or coughing up blood.
  • Shortness of breath – Trouble breathing can start as being just when exercising and then progress to occurring regularly during daily activities.
  • Bone pain – The pain is typically severe and not associated with any kind of injury.

How A Medical Group In Bellmore Can Help You:

If you are worried about your kidney health or are experiencing any of these symptoms, visit a medical group in Bellmore for help.  The experienced nephrologists at PRINE Health are experts in kidney care and can help diagnose you with kidney cancer or any other kidney ailment as well as help you with any treatment required.  Their goal is to always keep you accurately informed, ensure that you are properly taken care of, and help you be in the best of health possible. Contact us with any questions you may have and for more information on how we can help you.

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Kidney Stones: Causes, Symptoms, And Treatments

Kidney Stones: Causes

Kidney stones are solid salt and mineral deposits that develop inside the kidneys. They can be as very small or even as large as a golf ball, and they can cause excruciating pain as they move through the urinary tract, which requires the help of a Urologist on Long Island NY at PRINE Health today.

Causes

  • Dehydration: Not getting enough water can cause urine to become more concentrated, which raises the possibility of kidney stones developing.
  • Diet: Kidney stones are more likely to form if you eat a lot of protein, sodium, and sweets.
  • Genetics: Some people have a higher risk of developing kidney stones because the ailment runs in their family.
  • Medical problems: Kidney stones are more likely to develop in people who have certain medical diseases, such as hyperparathyroidism, gout, and urinary tract infections.
  • The risk of kidney stones can be increased by a number of drugs, including diuretics and antacids.

Symptoms

  • Severe back and side discomfort that is located behind the ribs
  • Radiating discomfort in the groin and lower abdomen
  • Unpleasant urination
  • Red, pink, or brown urine
  • Nausea and diarrhea
  • Constant urge to urinate
  • More frequent urination than normal
  • Fever and chills (if an infection is present)

Treatment

  • Consuming a lot of liquids to assist the stone being flushed out.
  • Using over-the-counter or prescription painkillers to manage pain.
  • Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy is the process of dissolving the stone using sound waves.
  • Surgical surgery, percutaneous nephrolithotomy, or ureteroscopy may be used to remove the stone.
  • Medication to dissolve specific kidney stones.

Prevention

  • Drink a lot of water all day long.
  • Reduce your intake of sodium and animal protein.
  • Reduce your intake of oxalate-rich foods like spinach, chocolate, almonds, and tea.
  • Eat adequate calcium-rich foods or take calcium supplements.

Discuss your treatment options with our Urologist in Long Island NY if you have a high risk of developing kidney stones.

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If you’re suffering from kidney stones, do not hesitate to contact our Urologist on Long Island NY, at PRINE Health to address any concerns you may have regarding your health.

Welcome to PRINE Urology. We are dedicated to providing our patients with state-of-the-art medical and surgical treatments available. Our physician is a board-certified Urologist who treats a wide array of urological conditions, from minor problems to complex surgery. We provide a comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan for every patient in a friendly, personal, and compassionate manner. Contact our Urologist in Long Island NY today!

Our mission at PRINE Urology is to passionately pursue our patients’ health and well-being by providing the most sophisticated diagnostic, therapeutic, health-promoting, and preventative practices, with unrelenting attention to each patient’s individual needs. We recognize each patient’s needs and desired outcomes while formulating an effective and personalized treatment plan. Dr. Grotas is a board-certified urologist specializing in male and female urinary issues. He has authored many articles in peer-reviewed urology and radiology journals.

Services Offered:

We diagnose and treat any and all conditions including specializing in the following urological services and a full array of services:

  • Office Ultrasound Of Urologic Organs
  • Prostate Biopsy With Local Anesthesia
  • State Of The Art Digital Cystoscopy With Local Anesthesia
  • Urodynamic Testing
  • Nerve Testing For Urine Analysis And Sophisticated Pathology Testing

Advancing Urologic Care

Welcome to a comprehensive guide on the latest advancements in urologic care, specifically focusing on the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). In this article, we will explore innovative procedures and techniques offered by urologists in Long Island NY, highlighting why this article is essential for individuals seeking the most advanced treatment options available.

Understanding Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)

BPH is a common disorder affecting men, characterized by prostate gland enlargement. This condition can lead to urinary symptoms such as frequent urination, weak urine flow, and a constant urge to urinate. To address BPH effectively, it is crucial to stay informed about the latest treatment options. Here’s what you need to know:

Advanced Treatment Techniques for BPH

Urologists on Long Island NY are at the forefront of offering cutting-edge treatments for BPH. These advancements aim to provide patients with minimally invasive procedures that yield effective results, faster recovery times, and improved quality of life. Some of the innovative treatment options available include:

•Laparoscopic and Robotic Techniques: These minimally invasive approaches allow surgeons to perform precise surgical interventions using small incisions, resulting in less pain, reduced scarring, and faster healing times. Laparoscopic and robotic techniques offer superior visualization and dexterity, enabling surgeons to optimize treatment outcomes.
•Diagnostic Evaluation and Treatment Planning: Urologic surgeons employ state-of-the-art diagnostic tools to assess the severity of BPH and tailor treatment plans accordingly. Through advanced imaging techniques and thorough evaluations, surgeons can determine the most appropriate course of action to address each patient’s individual needs.
•Comprehensive Care from Expert Surgeons: Urologists in Long Island NY are renowned for their expertise, professionalism, and commitment to patient care. They offer personalized treatment approaches based on a comprehensive evaluation, ensuring that patients receive the highest quality of care possible.

A Patient-Centric Approach

•Efficient and Compassionate Care: From the moment you walk into our facility, you will experience a professional and welcoming environment. The staff ensures that your visit is as comfortable and efficient as possible, minimizing wait times and providing personalized attention.
•Advanced Diagnostic Capabilities: Urologic surgeons can accurately assess your condition and design a tailored treatment plan through cutting-edge diagnostic technologies. These capabilities enhance the precision and effectiveness of interventions, leading to improved outcomes.
•Focus on Patient Education: Urologic surgeons are committed to empowering patients with the knowledge and understanding they need to make informed decisions about their health. You can expect thorough explanations of procedures, treatment options, and expected outcomes, ensuring you actively participate in your care. Contact our doctor today!

Understanding Common Urinary Problems

Urinary problems can be a very difficult thing to deal with. The continuous physical pain you feel can stop you from living a normal life and doing certain tasks. Looking for treatment as early as possible can help you reduce the pain and live the life you want freely. If you think you are suffering from urinary problems and looking for a solution, contact a Urologist on Long Island NY, at PRINE Health. Continue reading to learn more about treating urinary problems.

What Is An Urinary Problem?
An infection of the kidneys, bladder, urethra, or any other component of the urinary system. Women are more prone to urinary tract infections. Most often, they affect the bladder or urethra, but more severe infections affect the kidney. Pelvic pain, an increase in the urge to urinate, pain when urinating, and blood in the urine can all be symptoms of a bladder infection. Back discomfort, nausea, vomiting, and fever are all possible kidney infection symptoms.

Stress incontinence and urgency incontinence are two of the most prevalent types. Because uncontrolled bladder contraction causes urine leakage, urgency incontinence is also known as overactive bladder. The length of the urethra distinguishes the male and female urinary systems. The prostatic urethra and the bladder neck are connected in males. The connective tissue of the anterior wall of the vagina comes into contact with the bladder neck and urethra in females; this arrangement allows the bladder neck to be movable but also exposes it to stress, which may affect urine continence.
Among the most common urological health conditions are urinary tract infections (UTIs), caused by external germs entering the urethra or bladder. Taking an antibiotic to eliminate the bacteria causing your infection is the quickest way to feel well. Drinking water and applying a heating pad can also be beneficial.

PRINE Health | A Urologist on Long Island NY
If you continue to suffer from urinary problems and pain and feel like it’s stopping you from living the life you want, then contact PRINE Health for a Urologist in Long Island NY. Schedule an appointment today to start your pain-free life.

Common Urological Conditions

From routine checkups to treatments and surgery, New York Urology focuses on all of your urological ailments, with all the services you need to feel happy and healthy:

  • Kidney Stones
  • Prostate Cancer Screening And Treatment
  • Male Sexual Function
  • Enlarged Prostate
  • Overactive Bladder For Men And Women
  • Blood In Urine (Hematuria)
  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Male Andropause

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We offer diagnostic services and a broad spectrum of surgical and non-surgical treatments for both male and female urological conditions. Patient care is our highest priority, and we encourage you to contact us with your questions and concerns. Our professional, friendly, and knowledgeable physicians and staff are proud to assist you in managing your urologic health. We look forward to providing you with quality comprehensive medical care.

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Urologist Near Lynbrook NY 11563

Welcome to PRINE Urology. We are dedicated to providing our patients with state-of-the-art medical and surgical treatments available. Our physician is a board-certified Urologist who treats various urological conditions, from minor problems to complex surgery. We provide a comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan for every patient in a friendly, personal, university, professional, and compassionate manner. Contact our Urologist in Lynbrook New York today!

Our mission at PRINE Urology is to passionately pursue our patients’ health and well-being by providing the most sophisticated diagnostic, therapeutic, health-promoting, and preventative practices, with unrelenting attention to each patient’s individual needs. We recognize each patient’s needs and desired outcomes while formulating an effective and personalized treatment plan profile. Dr. Grotas is a board-certified urologist specializing in male and female urinary issues. He has authored many articles in peer-reviewed urology and radiology journals.

Your Guide To Finding The Right Urologist

If you’re searching for exceptional urology care Near Lynbrook NY, you’ve come to the right place. Here this serves as a comprehensive guide to help you navigate the process of finding the perfect urologist who meets your specific needs. We understand the importance of receiving expert medical care, and that’s why this article is worth reading—to empower you to make informed decisions about your urologic health.

Understanding Urology and the Role of Urologists

Urology is a specialized branch of medicine that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of conditions related to the urinary tract and male reproductive system. Urologists, also known as urology specialists or urological surgeons, are medical doctors (MD) who have completed residency training in urology. They possess the knowledge and expertise to manage various urologic conditions, from common issues to complex surgical procedures.

Choosing the Right Urologist for You

Selecting the right urologist is crucial for receiving optimal care and achieving the best possible outcomes. Here are some key considerations to help you in your search:

•Credentials and Expertise: Look for a board-certified Urologist Near Lynbrook NY affiliated with reputable medical centers or hospital affiliations. Their training, education, and affiliations are indicators of their expertise in the field.
•Experience and Specialization: Consider urologists with significant experience in diagnosing and treating your specific condition. Specialized knowledge in areas such as male urology, urinary incontinence, or urologic oncology can ensure you receive the most appropriate care.
•Patient Reviews and Recommendations: Take the time to read patient reviews and testimonials. Learning about others’ experiences can provide valuable insights into a urologist’s approach, bedside manner, and the quality of care they provide.
•Insurance Coverage: Check whether the urologist you’re considering accepts your insurance plan. This will help you avoid any unexpected out-of-pocket expenses. 

Finding a Trusted Urologist Near Lynbrook NY

In the bustling medical landscape of New York, finding the right urologist can seem overwhelming. However, with the following steps, you can simplify the process and locate the perfect urology specialist:

•Research Online: Utilize search engines and medical directories to find urologists near Lynbrook NY. Visit their websites for information about their backgrounds, specialties, locations, overviews, and contact details.
•Read Patient Reviews: Look for patient reviews and ratings on reputable healthcare platforms. These firsthand experiences can provide valuable insights into the quality of care and patient satisfaction.
•Schedule an Appointment: Once you call our Urologist Near Lynbrook NY, during this initial visit, you can assess their communication style, their ability to address your concerns, and the overall comfort level you experience. Please call our clinic to schedule an appointment as we currently accept new patients. Our practice location is near Rockville centre New York and call Dr. today.

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Understanding Common Urinary Problems
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Urinary problems can be a very difficult thing to deal with. The continuous physical pain you feel can stop you from living a normal life and doing certain tasks. Looking for treatment as early as possible can help you reduce the pain and live the life you want freely. If you think you are suffering from urinary problems and looking for a solution, contact a urologist near Lynbrook, NY, at PRINE Health. Continue reading to learn more about treating urinary problems on Long Island.

What Is An Urinary Problem?

An infection of the kidneys, bladder, urethra, or any other component of the urinary system. Women are more prone to urinary tract infections. Most often, they affect the bladder or urethra, but more severe infections affect the kidney. Pelvic pain, an increase in the urge to urinate, pain when urinating, and blood in the urine can all be symptoms of a bladder infection. Back discomfort, nausea, vomiting, and fever are all possible kidney infection symptoms.

Stress incontinence and urgency incontinence are two of the most prevalent types. Because uncontrolled bladder contraction causes urine leakage, urgency incontinence is also known as overactive bladder. The length of the urethra distinguishes the male and female urinary systems. The prostatic urethra and the bladder neck are connected in males. The connective tissue of the anterior wall of the vagina comes into contact with the bladder neck and urethra in females; this arrangement allows the bladder neck to be movable but also exposes it to stress, which may affect urine continence.

Among the most common urological health conditions are urinary tract infections (UTIs), caused by external germs entering the urethra or bladder. Taking an antibiotic to eliminate the bacteria causing your infection is the quickest way to feel well. Drinking water and applying a heating pad can also be beneficial.

PRINE Health | A Urologist near Lynbrook NY

If you continue to suffer from urinary problems and pain and feel like it’s stopping you from living the life you want, then contact PRINE Health for a urologist near Lynbrook, NY. Schedule an appointment today to start your pain-free life.

Services Offered:

  • Office Ultrasound Of Urologic Organs
  • Prostate Biopsy With Local Anesthesia
  • State Of The Art Digital Cystoscopy With Local Anesthesia
  • Urodynamic Testing
  • Nerve Testing For Urine Analysis And Sophisticated Pathology Testing

Kidney Stones: Causes, Symptoms, And Treatments

Kidney Stones: Causes

Kidney stones are solid salt and mineral deposits that develop inside the kidneys. They can be as very small or even as large as a golf ball, and they can cause excruciating pain as they move through the urinary tract, which requires the help of a urology specialist in Lynbrook MD at PRINE Health today. Call our phone number at (516)951-1110

Causes

  • Dehydration: Not getting enough water can cause urine to become more concentrated, which raises the possibility of kidney stones developing.
  • Diet: Kidney stones are more likely to form if you eat a lot of protein, sodium, and sweets.
  • Genetics: Some people have a higher risk of developing kidney stones because the ailment runs in their family.
  • Medical problems: Kidney stones are more likely to develop in people with certain medical diseases, such as hyperparathyroidism, gout, and urinary tract infections.
  • Several drugs, including diuretics and antacids, can increase the risk of kidney stones risk.

Symptoms

  • Severe back and side discomfort that is located behind the ribs
  • Radiating discomfort in the groin and lower abdomen
  • Unpleasant urination
  • Red, pink, or brown urine
  • Nausea and diarrhea
  • Constant urge to urinate
  • More frequent urination than normal
  • Fever and chills (if an infection is present)

Treatment

  • Consuming a lot of liquids to assist the stone being flushed out.
  • Using over-the-counter or prescription painkillers to manage pain.
  • Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy is the process of dissolving the stone using sound waves.
  • Surgical surgery, percutaneous nephrolithotomy, or ureteroscopy may be used to remove the stone.
  • Medication to dissolve specific kidney stones.

Prevention

  • Drink a lot of water all day long.
  • Reduce your intake of sodium and animal protein.
  • Reduce your intake of oxalate-rich foods like spinach, chocolate, almonds, and tea.
  • Eat adequate calcium-rich foods or take calcium supplements.

Discuss your treatment options with our Urologist Near Lynbrook NY if you have a high risk of developing kidney stones.

Contact Our Urologist Near Lynbrook NY
If you’re suffering from kidney stones, do not hesitate to contact our Urologist Near Lynbrook NY, at PRINE Health staff to address any concerns you may have regarding your health. 

Common Urological Conditions

From routine checkups to treatments and surgery, New York Urology focuses on all of your urological ailments, with all the services you need to feel happy and healthy:

  • Kidney Stones
  • Prostate Cancer Screening And Treatment
  • Male Sexual Function
  • Enlarged Prostate
  • Overactive Bladder For Men And Women
  • Blood In Urine (Hematuria)
  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Male Andropause

Feel Better Today

We offer diagnostic services and a broad spectrum of surgical and non-surgical treatments for both male and female urological conditions. Patient care is our highest priority, and we encourage you to contact us with your questions and concerns. Our professional, friendly, and knowledgeable physicians and staff are proud to assist you in managing your urologic health. We look forward to providing you with quality comprehensive medical care.

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Expert Urology Care In New York

Are you seeking top-notch urology care in New York? Look no further. This is your gateway to discovering advanced urological solutions and understanding the importance of entrusting your health to a skilled Urologist in Nassau County NY. Read on to explore how the field of urology can address your specific needs and empower you to make informed decisions about your care.

The Role of Urology in Healthcare

Urology is a specialized branch of medicine that focuses on diagnosing and treating conditions related to the urinary tract and male reproductive system. Urologists, who are medical doctors (MDs), undergo extensive training to provide comprehensive patient care. They possess the knowledge and expertise to address various urologic concerns, from common ailments to complex surgical procedures.

Our Commitment to Prostate Health

Prostate health is a significant focus within urology. The prostate gland plays a crucial role in male reproductive function, and issues such as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and prostate cancer can significantly impact a man’s quality of life. Our urologists are well-versed in the latest advancements in prostate care and offer a comprehensive range of diagnostic and treatment options. From advanced imaging techniques to minimally invasive surgical interventions, we tailor our approach to each patient’s specific needs, providing personalized care for optimal results.

State-of-the-Art Urological Solutions

At PRINE Health, we are committed to utilizing state-of-the-art technology and innovative techniques to provide the highest level of care. Our team of expert urologists is skilled in various areas, including urologic surgery, prostate care, bladder health, and more. With advanced tools like cystoscopy, we can accurately diagnose and treat urological conditions while minimizing invasiveness and promoting faster recovery.

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Treatments For Erectile Dysfunction

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Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common condition that affects millions of men worldwide. It can significantly impact a man’s self-esteem, relationships, and overall quality of life. Understanding the causes of erectile dysfunction and the available treatments is essential for effectively managing this condition. Seek the help of a urologist in Nassau County, NY, at PRINE Health, who specializes in treating erectile dysfunction and provides the guidance and support you need. Contact us today to learn more!

Causes of Erectile Dysfunction:
Erectile dysfunction can have various underlying causes, including:
•Physical factors:
•Hormonal imbalances
•Diabetes
•High blood pressure
•Obesity
•Heart disease
•Certain medications

Psychological factors:
•Stress
•Anxiety
•Depression
•Relationship issues

Available Treatments:
Fortunately, there are several treatment options available to address erectile dysfunction. A urologist in Nassau County, NY, can recommend the most suitable treatment plan based on your needs. Some common treatment options include:

Lifestyle modifications:
•Regular exercise
•Healthy diet
•Weight management
•Stress reduction techniques

Medications:
•Oral medications (such as Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra)
•Injectable medications (such as alprostadil)
•Penile suppositories

Penile implants:
•Surgical implants that provide an artificial erection.

Expertise and Experience
Urologists in Nassau County, NY, have extensive experience in diagnosing and treating erectile dysfunction. They stay updated with the latest advancements in the field and employ evidence-based practices to ensure the best possible patient outcomes.

Personalized Treatment Plans
Each individual’s experience with erectile dysfunction is unique; a skilled urologist understands this. They will evaluate your medical history, perform a comprehensive examination, and may order additional tests to identify the underlying causes of your condition. Based on these findings, they will develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your needs.

PRINE Health A Urologist Nassau County NY
If you’re experiencing erectile dysfunction, don’t suffer in silence. Seek the help of a urologist in Nassau County, NY, at PRINE Health, who specializes in treating erectile dysfunction. They can identify the underlying causes of your condition and recommend appropriate treatment options. Remember, addressing erectile dysfunction can improve sexual function, self-confidence, and overall quality of life. Take the first step towards regaining your sexual health by consulting a urologist in Nassau County, NY, today.

Kidney Stones: Causes, Symptoms, And Treatments

Urologist in Nassau County NY

Kidney stones are solid salt and mineral deposits that develop inside the kidneys. They can be as very small or even as large as a golf ball, and they can cause excruciating pain as they move through the urinary tract, which requires the help of a Urologist in Nassau County NY at PRINE Health today.

Causes
•Dehydration: Not getting enough water can cause urine to become more concentrated, which raises the possibility of kidney stones developing.
•Diet: Kidney stones are more likely to form if you eat a lot of protein, sodium, and sweets.
•Genetics: Some people have a higher risk of developing kidney stones because the ailment runs in their family.
•Medical problems: Kidney stones are more likely to develop in people who have certain medical diseases, such as hyperparathyroidism, gout, and urinary tract infections.
•The risk of kidney stones can be increased by a number of drugs, including diuretics and antacids.

Symptoms
•Severe back and side discomfort that is located behind the ribs
•Radiating discomfort in the groin and lower abdomen
•Unpleasant urination
•Red, pink, or brown urine
•Nausea and diarrhea
•Constant urge to urinate
•More frequent urination than normal
•Fever and chills (if an infection is present)

Treatment
•Consuming a lot of liquids to assist the stone being flushed out.
•Using over-the-counter or prescription painkillers to manage pain.
•Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy is the process of dissolving the stone using sound waves.
•Surgical surgery, percutaneous nephrolithotomy, or ureteroscopy may be used to remove the stone.
•Medication to dissolve specific kidney stones.

Prevention
•Drink a lot of water all day long.
•Reduce your intake of sodium and animal protein.
•Reduce your intake of oxalate-rich foods like spinach, chocolate, almonds, and tea.
•Eat adequate calcium-rich foods or take calcium supplements.

Discuss your treatment options with our Urologist in Nassau County NY if you have a high risk of developing kidney stones.

Contact Our Urologist in Nassau County NY
If you’re suffering from kidney stones, do not hesitate to contact our Urologist in Nassau County NY, at PRINE Health to address any concerns you may have regarding your health.

Specializing In Highly Personal Patient Care Using Today’s Cutting Edge Treatments

Welcome to PRINE Urology. We are dedicated to providing our patients with state-of-the-art medical and surgical treatments available. Our physician is a board-certified Urologist who treats a wide array of urological conditions, from minor problems to complex surgery. We provide a comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan for every patient in a friendly, personal, and compassionate manner. Contact our Urologist in Nassau County NY today!

Our mission at PRINE Urology is to passionately pursue our patients’ health and well-being by providing the most sophisticated diagnostic, therapeutic, health-promoting, and preventative practices, with unrelenting attention to each patient’s individual needs. We recognize each patient’s needs and desired outcomes while formulating an effective and personalized treatment plan. Dr. Grotas is a board-certified urologist specializing in male and female urinary issues. He has authored many articles in peer-reviewed urology and radiology journals.

Services Offered:

We diagnose and treat any and all conditions including specializing in the following urological services and a full array of services:

  • Office Ultrasound Of Urologic Organs
  • Prostate Biopsy With Local Anesthesia
  • State Of The Art Digital Cystoscopy With Local Anesthesia
  • Urodynamic Testing
  • Nerve Testing For Urine Analysis And Sophisticated Pathology Testing

Causes Of Overactive Bladder

Urologist in Hewlett NY

Overactive bladder (OAB) is a common condition affecting millions worldwide. It can significantly impact one’s quality of life, causing frequent and sudden urination urges. Fortunately, various management techniques are available to help individuals regain control and improve their bladder function. If you’re seeking professional assistance, a Urologist in Nassau County NY at PRINE Health, can provide expert guidance and tailored treatment options. This article will explore the causes of overactive bladder and discuss effective management techniques to help you find relief.

Causes of Overactive Bladder:
Understanding the underlying causes of overactive bladder is crucial in managing the condition effectively. While the exact cause may vary from person to person, some common factors that contribute to OAB include:

•Bladder Muscle Dysfunction: An overactive bladder can result from involuntary contractions of the bladder muscles.
•Nerve Problems: Nerve damage or dysfunction can disrupt the communication between the bladder and the brain, leading to OAB symptoms.
•Bladder Irritation: Conditions such as urinary tract infections or bladder stones can irritate the bladder, triggering overactive symptoms.

Management Techniques for Overactive Bladder:
Managing an overactive bladder involves a combination of lifestyle modifications, behavioral strategies, and medical interventions. Here are some effective techniques to consider:

•Bladder Training: This technique involves scheduled voiding and gradually increasing the time between bathroom visits to improve bladder control.
•Pelvic Floor Exercises: Strengthening the pelvic floor muscles through exercises like Kegels can help enhance bladder control and reduce OAB symptoms.
•Fluid Management: Adjusting fluid intake, avoiding bladder irritants (e.g., caffeine and alcohol), and maintaining a healthy hydration balance can minimize OAB symptoms.
•Medications: Our urologist may prescribe medications to relax the bladder muscles, decrease bladder spasms, or regulate nerve signals to alleviate OAB symptoms.

Consult Our Urologist in Nassau County NY at PRINE Health:
An overactive bladder doesn’t have to control your life. By understanding the causes and implementing effective management techniques, you can improve your bladder function and reduce the impact of OAB on your daily activities. Consulting our Urologist in Nassau County NY, at PRINE Health is crucial for receiving expert guidance and personalized treatment options. Remember, you don’t have to face this condition alone. Don’t let an overactive bladder hold you back—take proactive steps toward managing and overcoming this condition today.

Common Urological Conditions

From routine checkups to treatments and surgery, New York Urology focuses on all of your urological ailments, with all the services you need to feel happy and healthy: Kidney StonesProstate Cancer Screening And TreatmentMale Sexual FunctionEnlarged ProstateOveractive Bladder For Men And WomenBlood In Urine (Hematuria)Urinary Tract InfectionsMale Andropause

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We offer diagnostic services and a broad spectrum of surgical and non-surgical treatments for both male and female urological conditions. Patient care is our highest priority, and we encourage you to contact us with your questions and concerns. Our professional, friendly, and knowledgeable physicians and staff are proud to assist you in managing your urologic health. We look forward to providing you with quality comprehensive medical care.

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Understanding Common Urinary Problems

Understanding Common Urinary

Urinary problems can be a very difficult thing to deal with. The continuous physical pain you feel can stop you from living a normal life and doing certain tasks. Looking for treatment as early as possible can help you reduce the pain and live the life you want freely. If you think you are suffering from urinary problems and looking for a solution, contact a Urologist in Hewlett NY, at PRINE Health. Continue reading to learn more about treating urinary problems.

What Is A Urinary Problem?
An infection of the kidneys, bladder, urethra, or any other component of the urinary system. Women are more prone to urinary tract infections. Most often, they affect the bladder or urethra, but more severe infections affect the kidney. Pelvic pain, an increase in the urge to urinate, pain when urinating, and blood in the urine can all be symptoms of a bladder infection. Back discomfort, nausea, vomiting, and fever are all possible kidney infection symptoms.

Stress incontinence and urgency incontinence are two of the most prevalent types. Because uncontrolled bladder contraction causes urine leakage, urgency incontinence is also known as overactive bladder. The length of the urethra distinguishes the male and female urinary systems. The prostatic urethra and the bladder neck are connected in males. The connective tissue of the anterior wall of the vagina comes into contact with the bladder neck and urethra in females; this arrangement allows the bladder neck to be movable but also exposes it to stress, which may affect urine continence.
Among the most common urological health conditions are urinary tract infections (UTIs), caused by external germs entering the urethra or bladder. Taking an antibiotic to eliminate the bacteria causing your infection is the quickest way to feel well. Drinking water and applying a heating pad can also be beneficial.

PRINE Health | A Urologist in Hewlett NY
If you continue to suffer from urinary problems and pain and feel like it’s stopping you from living the life you want, then contact PRINE Health for a Urologist in Hewlett NY. Schedule an appointment today to start your pain-free life.

Specializing In Highly Personal Patient Care Using Today’s Cutting Edge Treatments

Welcome to PRINE Urology. We are dedicated to providing our patients with state-of-the-art medical and surgical treatments available. Our physician is a board-certified Urologist who treats a wide array of urological conditions, from minor problems to complex surgery. We provide a comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan for every patient in a friendly, personal, and compassionate manner. Contact our Urologist in Hewlett NY today!

Our mission at PRINE Urology is to passionately pursue our patients’ health and well-being by providing the most sophisticated diagnostic, therapeutic, health-promoting, and preventative practices, with unrelenting attention to each patient’s individual needs. We recognize each patient’s needs and desired outcomes while formulating an effective and personalized treatment plan. Dr. Grotas is a board-certified urologist specializing in male and female urinary issues. He has authored many articles in peer-reviewed urology and radiology journals.

Services Offered:

We diagnose and treat any and all conditions including specializing in the following urological services and a full array of services:

  • Office Ultrasound Of Urologic Organs
  • Prostate Biopsy With Local Anesthesia
  • State Of The Art Digital Cystoscopy With Local Anesthesia
  • Urodynamic Testing
  • Nerve Testing For Urine Analysis And Sophisticated Pathology Testing

Causes Of Overactive Bladder

Causes Of Overactive Bladder

Overactive bladder (OAB) is a common condition affecting millions worldwide. It can significantly impact one’s quality of life, causing frequent and sudden urination urges. Fortunately, various management techniques are available to help individuals regain control and improve their bladder function. If you’re seeking professional assistance, a Urologist in Hewlett NY at PRINE Health, can provide expert guidance and tailored treatment options. This article will explore the causes of overactive bladder and discuss effective management techniques to help you find relief.

Causes of Overactive Bladder:
Understanding the underlying causes of overactive bladder is crucial in managing the condition effectively. While the exact cause may vary from person to person, some common factors that contribute to OAB include:

•Bladder Muscle Dysfunction: Overactive bladder can result from involuntary contractions of the bladder muscles.
•Nerve Problems: Nerve damage or dysfunction can disrupt the communication between the bladder and the brain, leading to OAB symptoms.
•Bladder Irritation: Conditions such as urinary tract infections or bladder stones can irritate the bladder, triggering overactive symptoms.

Management Techniques for Overactive Bladder:
Managing an overactive bladder involves a combination of lifestyle modifications, behavioral strategies, and medical interventions. Here are some effective techniques to consider:

•Bladder Training: This technique involves scheduled voiding and gradually increasing the time between bathroom visits to improve bladder control.
•Pelvic Floor Exercises: Strengthening the pelvic floor muscles through exercises like Kegels can help enhance bladder control and reduce OAB symptoms.
•Fluid Management: Adjusting fluid intake, avoiding bladder irritants (e.g., caffeine and alcohol), and maintaining a healthy hydration balance can minimize OAB symptoms.
•Medications: Our urologist may prescribe medications to relax the bladder muscles, decrease bladder spasms, or regulate nerve signals to alleviate OAB symptoms.

Consult Our Urologist in Hewlett NY at PRINE Health:
An overactive bladder doesn’t have to control your life. By understanding the causes and implementing effective management techniques, you can improve your bladder function and reduce the impact of OAB on your daily activities. Consulting our Urologist in Hewlett NY, at PRINE Health is crucial for receiving expert guidance and personalized treatment options. Remember, you don’t have to face this condition alone. Don’t let an overactive bladder hold you back—take proactive steps toward managing and overcoming this condition today.

Popular Services For Urologists

Finding a trusted urologist who offers a comprehensive range of services is crucial regarding urologic health. This article will guide you through some of the most popular services urologists in Hewlett New York provide and explain why understanding these offerings is essential for maintaining your urologic well-being. Read on to explore the wide range of services PRINE Health offers and how they can address your specific urologic needs.

General Urologic Care: Expert Diagnosis and Treatment

At PRINE Health, our team of experienced urologists, led by Dr. Aaron Grotas, MD, is proud to offer comprehensive general urologic care. Whether you have concerns about urinary tract infections, kidney stones, or bladder disorders, our urologists are well-equipped to provide expert diagnosis and treatment. With advanced diagnostic tools and a deep understanding of urologic conditions, they can accurately identify the root cause of your concerns and develop personalized treatment plans tailored to your specific needs.

Prostate Health: Specialized Care for Prostate Conditions

Prostate health is a significant area of focus within urology, and our team at PRINE Health is dedicated to providing specialized care for prostate conditions. From routine prostate exams to the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer, our urologists possess the expertise to address a wide range of prostate-related concerns. With advanced screening techniques and a compassionate approach, they strive to promote early detection and provide the most effective treatment options available.

Minimally Invasive Surgery: Advancing Urologic Care

Advancements in surgical techniques have revolutionized urologic care, allowing for less invasive procedures and faster recovery times. At PRINE Health, we offer a range of minimally invasive surgical procedures performed by our skilled Urologist in Hewlett NY 11557. These procedures include laparoscopic and robotic surgeries, which utilize small incisions and specialized instruments to minimize discomfort and enhance recovery. Our commitment to advancing urologic care ensures that our patients receive the most effective and least invasive treatment options available.

Treatments For Erectile Dysfunction

Treatments For Erectile

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common condition that affects millions of men worldwide. It can significantly impact a man’s self-esteem, relationships, and overall quality of life. Understanding the causes of erectile dysfunction and the available treatments is essential for effectively managing this condition. Seek the help of a Urologist in Hewlett NY, at PRINE Health, who specializes in treating erectile dysfunction and provides the guidance and support you need. Contact us today to learn more!

Causes of Erectile Dysfunction:
Erectile dysfunction can have various underlying causes, including:
•Physical factors:
•Hormonal imbalances
•Diabetes
•High blood pressure
•Obesity
•Heart disease
•Certain medications

Psychological factors:
•Stress
•Anxiety
•Depression
•Relationship issues

Available Treatments:
Fortunately, there are several treatment options available to address erectile dysfunction. A Urologist in Hewlett NY, can recommend the most suitable treatment plan based on your needs. Some common treatment options include:

Lifestyle modifications:
•Regular exercise
•Healthy diet
•Weight management
•Stress reduction techniques

Medications:
•Oral medications (such as Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra)
•Injectable medications (such as alprostadil)
•Penile suppositories

Penile implants:
•Surgical implants that provide an artificial erection.

Expertise and Experience
Urologists in Hewlett NY, have extensive experience in diagnosing and treating erectile dysfunction. They stay updated with the latest advancements in the field and employ evidence-based practices to ensure the best possible patient outcomes.

Personalized Treatment Plans
Each individual’s experience with erectile dysfunction is unique; a skilled urologist understands this. They will evaluate your medical history, perform a comprehensive examination, and may order additional tests to identify the underlying causes of your condition. Based on these findings, they will develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your needs.

PRINE Health A Urologist in Hewlett NY
If you’re experiencing erectile dysfunction, don’t suffer in silence. Seek the help of a Urologist in Hewlett NY, at PRINE Health, who specializes in treating erectile dysfunction. They can identify the underlying causes of your condition and recommend appropriate treatment options. Remember, addressing erectile dysfunction can improve sexual function, self-confidence, and overall quality of life. Take the first step towards regaining your sexual health by consulting a Urologist in Hewlett NY, today.

Common Urological Conditions

From routine checkups to treatments and surgery, New York Urology focuses on all of your urological ailments, with all the services you need to feel happy and healthy:

  • Kidney Stones
  • Prostate Cancer Screening And Treatment
  • Male Sexual Function
  • Enlarged Prostate
  • Overactive Bladder For Men And Women
  • Blood In Urine (Hematuria)
  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Male Andropause

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We offer diagnostic services and a broad spectrum of surgical and non-surgical treatments for both male and female urological conditions. Patient care is our highest priority, and we encourage you to contact us with your questions and concerns. Our professional, friendly, and knowledgeable physicians and staff are proud to assist you in managing your urologic health. We look forward to providing you with quality comprehensive medical care.

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Understanding Common Urinary Problems
Understanding Common Urinary

Urinary problems can be a very difficult thing to deal with. The continuous physical pain you feel can stop you from living a normal life and doing certain tasks. Looking for treatment as early as possible can help you reduce the pain and live the life you want freely. If you think you are suffering from urinary problems and looking for a solution, contact a urologist near Lynbrook, NY, at PRINE Health. Continue reading to learn more about treating urinary problems.

What Is A Urinary Problem?
An infection of the kidneys, bladder, urethra, or any other component of the urinary system. Women are more prone to urinary tract infections. Most often, they affect the bladder or urethra, but more severe infections affect the kidney. Pelvic pain, an increase in the urge to urinate, pain when urinating, and blood in the urine can all be symptoms of a bladder infection. Back discomfort, nausea, vomiting, and fever are all possible kidney infection symptoms.

Stress incontinence and urgency incontinence are two of the most prevalent types. Because uncontrolled bladder contraction causes urine leakage, urgency incontinence is also known as overactive bladder. The length of the urethra distinguishes the male and female urinary systems. The prostatic urethra and the bladder neck are connected in males. The connective tissue of the anterior wall of the vagina comes into contact with the bladder neck and urethra in females; this arrangement allows the bladder neck to be movable but also exposes it to stress, which may affect urine continence.
Among the most common urological health conditions are urinary tract infections (UTIs), caused by external germs entering the urethra or bladder. Taking an antibiotic to eliminate the bacteria causing your infection is the quickest way to feel well. Drinking water and applying a heating pad can also be beneficial.

PRINE Health | A Urologist near Lynbrook NY
If you continue to suffer from urinary problems and pain and feel like it’s stopping you from living the life you want, then contact PRINE Health for a urologist near Lynbrook, NY. Schedule an appointment today to start your pain-free life.

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Treatments For Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common condition that affects millions of men worldwide. It can significantly impact a man’s self-esteem, relationships, and overall quality of life. Understanding the causes of erectile dysfunction and the available treatments is essential for effectively managing this condition. Seek the help of a urologist in Nassau County, NY, at PRINE Health, who specializes in treating erectile dysfunction and provides the guidance and support you need. Contact us today to learn more!

Causes of Erectile Dysfunction:
Erectile dysfunction can have various underlying causes, including:
•Physical factors:
•Hormonal imbalances
•Diabetes
•High blood pressure
•Obesity
•Heart disease
•Certain medications

Psychological factors:
•Stress
•Anxiety
•Depression
•Relationship issues

Available Treatments:
Fortunately, there are several treatment options available to address erectile dysfunction. A urologist in Nassau County, NY, can recommend the most suitable treatment plan based on your needs. Some common treatment options include:

Lifestyle modifications:
•Regular exercise
•Healthy diet
•Weight management
•Stress reduction techniques

Medications:
•Oral medications (such as Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra)
•Injectable medications (such as alprostadil)
•Penile suppositories

Penile implants:
•Surgical implants that provide an artificial erection.

Expertise and Experience
Urologists in Nassau County, NY, have extensive experience in diagnosing and treating erectile dysfunction. They stay updated with the latest advancements in the field and employ evidence-based practices to ensure the best possible patient outcomes.

Personalized Treatment Plans
Each individual’s experience with erectile dysfunction is unique; a skilled urologist understands this. They will evaluate your medical history, perform a comprehensive examination, and may order additional tests to identify the underlying causes of your condition. Based on these findings, they will develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your needs.

PRINE Health A Urologist Nassau County NY
If you’re experiencing erectile dysfunction, don’t suffer in silence. Seek the help of a urologist in Nassau County, NY, at PRINE Health, who specializes in treating erectile dysfunction. They can identify the underlying causes of your condition and recommend appropriate treatment options. Remember, addressing erectile dysfunction can improve sexual function, self-confidence, and overall quality of life. Take the first step towards regaining your sexual health by consulting a urologist in Nassau County, NY, today.

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Treating A Kidney Cyst
Treating A Kidney Cyst

What Is A Kidney Cyst?

A kidney cyst is defined as a pouch that forms in your kidney and is filled with fluid. There can just be one cyst on one of your kidneys or even multiple cysts on both kidneys. While they can become dangerous, by impairing the function of your kidneys or be the result of a more serious disorder, you should know that most are usually harmless. A kidney specialist on Long Island can alert you on the severity of your cyst by determining if it is one of the two types of cysts:

  • “Simple” Kidney Cysts – These cysts are noncancerous, and can usually be identified by their thin walls and water-like fluid. These cysts do not damage your kidney functions.
  • Polycystic Kidney Disease – PKD, an inherited condition, causes multiple cysts to form on your kidneys. This can cause damage to your kidneys as they continue to grow.

How Do I Know If I Have Cyst?

Oftentimes, you may not experience any symptoms of a kidney cyst. If the cyst is continuously growing though, the size of it may begin to lead to pressure on nearby organs. You may be suffering from a simple cyst if you experience the following symptoms:

  • Dull pain in the back or side
  • Fever
  • Experiencing pain or swelling in your upper abdomen
  • Frequent urination (more often than normal)
  • Dark colored urine
  • Blood in your urine

While most of the symptoms remain the same, PKD may cause symptoms such as:

  • High blood pressure
  • Pain in back and side
  • Blood in your urine

Why You Should Get Tested:

If you suspect that you are suffering from a kidney cyst, getting tested should be your first priority. A kidney specialist on Long Island can diagnose you, and then determine how to proceed with treatment. If you ignore the signs and allow the cyst to grow large enough it could become as big as a tennis ball. This can lead to further complications, other than just pain or discomfort. Other complications may include:

  • An infection within the cyst
  • The cyst bursting
  • The cyst causes a blockage of urine out of the kidney
  • High blood pressure.

For those suffering from PKD, if left untreated, it will often lead to kidney failure by the age of 60.

The Diagnosis:

In order to conduct testing on your possible kidney cyst, a kidney specialist on Long Island will likely choose from the following image tests:

  • CT Scan (computed tomography)
  • MRI (magnetic resonance imaging
  • Ultrasound

Treatment:

In rare cases, after the diagnosis, your doctor may suggest sclerotherapy (draining of the cyst) or even surgery. Typically though, if it is a simple cyst, it is not causing much harm. Your kidney specialist on Long Island will then recommend that you continue to get tested every 6 to 12 months to keep an eye on its size. If it does not get any larger you won’t have to take any serious action.

If you believe you are suffering from a kidney cyst, there is a kidney specialist on Long Island who can help! At PRINE Health, we realize that kidney care is often overlooked. That is why we’ve created a network of nephrologists to help create an integrative team approach to healthcare. With an extensive list of providers, there is no doubt that we can help treat your kidney cyst! Visit our website to schedule an appointment with a nearby provider today!

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Pyelonephritis Treatment & Care
Pyelonephritis Treatment

Pyelonephritis is a type of kidney infection that starts in the urinary tract and works its way toward one or both of the kidneys. Your kidneys work to clean your blood of any waste and extra water to be expelled through urine. Your kidney’s being infected can cause major problems including swelling that can cause permanent damage and can be a life-threatening condition.  Most often, pyelonephritis is acute and can be treated, but some individuals with urinary obstructions can develop chronic pyelonephritis. If you are concerned or think you could be suffering from pyelonephritis, we recommend speaking with a medical group in Rockville Centre that you can trust to give you the best care. At PRINE Health, we specialize in kidney care and have a staff of experienced and caring nephrologists, primary care physicians, and more who can help ensure that your kidneys are being taken care of and are in the best condition possible.

Causes And Symptoms:

Typically, pyelonephritis will start within your lower urinary tract as just a UTI (urinary tract infection) and eventually will travel up to your kidneys. It could also be caused by E. Coli or other bacteria and infections that are in your bloodstream, which can also end up traveling to your kidneys. Symptoms usually begin to show within a day or two of developing the kidney infection.  Common symptoms of pyelonephritis include:

  • A high fever
  • Shaking or chills
  • Pain in the back, side, abdomen, or groin areas
  • Painful, burning, and frequent urination
  • Pus or blood in your urine
  • Cloudy and fishy-smelling urine
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • General aching and feeling exhausted
  • Mental confusion

Seek attention from a medical group in Rockville Centre if your symptoms are concerning or become progressively worse. Keep in mind as well, if you are being treated for a UTI and you find that your symptoms aren’t improving it could be a red flag.

Risk Factors For Pyelonephritis:

Various factors that will leave you more likely to develop a kidney infection are: 

  • Being female – Females have shorter urethras than males do, which makes it easier for an infection to travel from the urinary tract to the kidneys.  The urethra in females is also closer to the exterior of the body making it easier for infections to enter the body.
  • Older age – As you age, you are more likely to develop pyelonephritis.
  • Having any type of problem with your urinary tract – Any urinary tract blockage such as a kidney stone, a miss-shapen urinary tract, or any other issue that disrupts the flow of urine out of the body.  Vesicoureteral reflux, a condition in which your urine flows the wrong way, also leaves you more likely to develop kidney infections.
  • Having any type of bladder or kidney condition – Any existing condition that affects your bladder or kidney.
  • Having a weakened immune system – Having any medical condition that weakens your immune system such as HIV/AIDS, diabetes, or cancer.
  • Having a catheter – Catheters are used to drain urine from the body and can cause infection.

Individuals with urinary obstructions are also more likely to develop chronic pyelonephritis than others! 

How A Medical Group In Rockville Centre Can Help With Pyelonephritis Treatment:

Antibiotics are most commonly used to treat pyelonephritis.  If your case is more severe, you may be admitted to a hospital to receive intravenous hydration and a stronger antibiotic.  If your kidney infection is caused by an underlying problem, treatment or surgery will be recommended to fix that problem. Our experienced nephrologists at PRINE Health can provide you with guidance for better kidney care as well as diagnose and treat any kidney problems you are experiencing.  As a notable medical group in Rockville Centre, we suggest you come to us for help if you think you could be suffering from pyelonephritis or any other kidney problem. Contact us for more information.

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What Causes Pyelonephritis?

Pyelonephritis, commonly referred to as a kidney infection, is a serious condition that requires immediate medical attention. This condition is considered a type of urinary tract infection (UTI).  It begins with bacteria traveling through the urethra and up the urinary tract to the kidneys. This can potentially cause permanent damage to the kidneys and can result in an infection in the bloodstream.

If not treated properly, pyelonephritis can become life-threatening and may require hospitalization. If you think you have this condition, a kidney specialist on Long Island can offer treatment to prevent it from worsening and reverse the infection.

Symptoms Of Pyelonephritis (Kidney Infection):

Knowing the signs and symptoms of pyelonephritis early on can help you prevent the infection from spreading throughout the body. If you recognize any of the following symptoms, visit a kidney specialist on Long Island:

  • Fever
  • Back, side, and/or groin pain
  • Frequent urination
  • Burning pain when urinating
  • Urine that has pus/blood and smells foul
  • A preexisting UTI that doesn’t improve with antibiotics

Who Is At Risk For Pyelonephritis

  • Females – Due to the fact that females have a short urinary tract, it is easier for an infection to enter the urinary tract and travel to the kidneys. For pregnant women, the risk is even greater.
  • Weak Immune Systems – Those who have weak immune systems because of illness, certain medications, and certain conditions like HIV/AIDS or diabetes are at higher risk of getting pyelonephritis.
  • Using a Catheter – Since a catheter is in direct contact with your urinary tract, it makes it easier for bacteria to enter and wreak havoc. The use of a catheter should be monitored by a medical professional.

Prevention:

There are certain precautions you can take to reduce the chances of suffering from a kidney infection. Drinking the right amount of water on a daily basis can help flush out infections and keep your urinary tract lubricated. Making sure that you urinate as often as you need to can also keep your bladder clean. In addition to keeping the inside of your body clean, make sure that you do the same for the outside. Make sure you avoid introducing any kind of bacteria to the genital area to prevent an infection from the beginning and spreading through your urinary tract.

How Can A Kidney Specialist On Long Island Help?

If you think you may have a kidney infection, reach out to a kidney specialist on Long Island immediately! By doing that you’ll be able to prevent it from causing any serious damage to your kidneys. We need our kidneys to be as healthy as possible, which means preventing any issues should be of the utmost importance. Contact PRINEhealth now to schedule an appointment with one of our providers near you!

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Chronic kidney disease, or CKD, is known as the gradual loss of kidney use. The kidneys filter waste and liquids from your blood, which is then discharged into your urine. When CKD becomes more advanced, a dangerous amount of fluids can build up in the body. About 200,000 people a year are diagnosed in the U.S. with this disease. It can be detected through two simple tests, administered by your primary care physician (PCP). What many don’t realize is that your PCP can be a great help in detecting CKD and what the next steps may be for you!

Benefits Of Visiting A Primary Care Physician:
Early detection of CKD by your primary care physician calls for immediate action. He will lower your cardiovascular risk and will make an effort to slow the progression of CKD. There are 5 stages of chronic kidney disease. Any condition beyond Stage 3 should be monitored by a nephrologist as well. Some of the benefits of a primary care physician are listed below:

Open communication – Patients should be encouraged to discuss any changes in medication, comfort, urine
Effective treatment – Although there is no treatment for CKD, your primary care physician can specify the direct cause of your individualized CKD condition and provide treatment.
Stabilization of metabolism – Unfortunately, CKD affects more than just the kidneys and renal function. Your primary care physician can address and regulate any abnormalities in your metabolism.
Holistic approach – Your primary care physician will already be familiar with any other factors that could be affecting CKD. With a holistic approach, our primary care physician on Long Island will form the best plan for you.
How Can A Primary Care Physician Help CKD?
During the early stages of CKD, it is crucial to work with your primary care physician to manage the disease. It has been found that co-management of this particular disease can help provide the highest-quality and safest treatment. With initial interference and a complete, integrative physician team approach, your primary care physician can help stay on top of the following:

The stabilization of renal functions (this includes blood pressure and diabetes control as well)
Reducing risk factors like hypertension and hyperdilipdema
Preventing Vitamin D levels from dropping
Lowering Lipids
Smoking Cessation
Your PCP can also guide you through the testing procedure once you have been diagnosed. These tests can help determine how well your kidneys are actually functioning as well as which treatment will be best for you. These tests may include:

Calculating your Glomerular Filtration Rate (GFR) – This test is specifically used to show how much kidney function you have.
Perform an Ultrasound or CT Scan – Both tests are used to show the size of your kidneys, whether they are too small or too large, as well as a full picture of your kidneys and urinary tract.
Perform a Kidney Biopsy – This can show any type of kidney disease and any damage that has occurred.
Why You Should Visit A Primary Care Physician On Long Island:
Although there is no cure for chronic kidney disease, visiting a primary care physician early enough will help treat and lessen your symptoms, as well as slow the progression of this disease. At PRINE Health, we understand that chronic kidney disease is largely overlooked. This is why we have a practice with a primary care physician on Long Island, consisting of both nephrologists and primary care physicians, to help treat the millions of Americans affected. Contact us today to receive the treatment plan perfect for you!

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Primary Care Physician In Great Neck
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PRINE Health is a newly developed kidney care group that is placing an emphasis on revolutionizing the kidney care industry. We’re an independent Nephrology based SUPERGROUP infused with Primary Care, Care Management, and cutting-edge technology. Supported by a physician-owned managerial service organization (MSO), PRINE Health is providing value-oriented population health and traditional practice management services. Our team is focused on bringing together the elite members of the nephrology industry as well as primary care physicians in Great Neck. For information on how you can contact PRINE Health, please visit our website here. Otherwise, please continue reading this article for more information on the group and our primary goals for the foreseeable future.

Our Vision

Revolutionizing the kidney care industry, PRINE is looking to create innovative treatment plans through a personalized, caregiving approach. By uniting the experts in the field, we’re looking to collectively bring together an association of patients and physicians who can help change the kidney care world for the better.

Our goals as an organization include the following:

  • Improve the quality of kidney care and give patients innovative treatment methods.
  • Give easy access to care by boosting the relationship between patient and physician. Thus, giving quality satisfaction for patient care.
  • Eliminate waste, redundancies, and inefficiencies.
  • Overall, makes kidney care a much more enjoyable experience; for the physician, care partners, and the patient!

In an ever-changing healthcare industry, the emphasis on kidney care has been somewhat lacking for several years. However, PRINE Health is looking to change this notion. Our specialists for kidney disease treatment along with primary care physicians in Great Neck are able to work together as a collaboration; benefiting the local community and many more patients. The unfortunate truth is those complications such as chronic kidney disease have increased dramatically, as one in seven adults in the United States suffers from this condition. Our nephrology-based SUPERGROUP aims to dramatically lower this number, with the assistance of our partners and collaborators. Emphatic care management is essential for the success of our movement.

If you’re interested in joining our movement or have been searching for a primary care physician in Great Neck, contact PRINE Health today for further assistance.

What Do You See A Primary Care Doctor For?

When you know of your medical condition, whether it’s been diagnosed or you seem positive about what the condition is, it can be easy to look for a specialist depending on your pain. But when you are feeling under the weather, spontaneously ill, or unsure of who you should go to and need a referral, contact your primary care doctor. Primary care doctors are much more versatile and important than many people think. A wonderful primary care physician in Great Neck, like the professional physicians that make up PRINE Health’s team, can help you with anything medically related. If you need immediate care, a recommendation for a specialist, or just a check-up, primary care physicians can do it all. 

What Is Primary Care?

Primary care is holistic healthcare, which encompasses the many medical conditions that can occur to any person. You can go to a primary care physician if your stomach has been aching, or if you have an unknown bump or rash on your skin. Primary care physicians have a wide spectrum of knowledge and can usually identify the overall cause of your medical concerns. They are trained for the first contact and caring for those with undiagnosed symptoms or health concerns. Once they are able to identify your medical condition, they can prescribe medication or refer you to a specialist, if necessary. 

Why Go To A Primary Care Doctor?

  • Primary care physicians are the doctors that patients usually create long-term relationships with. While patients may see a specialist a few times in their lives, they will go to their favorite primary care doctor over and over again throughout the years based on likability and comfortability. This also gives the physician full visibility and knowledge of your medical history. Patients usually bring their family to the primary physician as well, giving the physician a better understanding of their family’s medical history. 
  • Primary care doctors bridge patients into the medical world so they can get the care they need, through medications or referrals for specialists.
  • Primary care doctors are often covered by insurance but are also a more cost-effective option for healthcare without insurance. 
  • Getting regular check-ups, or going to a primary care doctor when your pain first begins, helps catch the issue before it can turn into anything major, leading to fewer ER or hospital visits. 
  • Regularly caring for chronic illnesses, like arthritis or diabetes, can be difficult alone. Consulting a primary care physician in Great Neck can take away the stress of dealing with your medical conditions by yourself. 

Primary Care Physician In Great Neck 

Primary care physicians play an important role in the medical world. Being the first responders to illness, creating lasting bonds with patients, and referring patients to specialists are some of the most crucial reasons you should find or visit a primary care physician. A primary care physician in Great Neck, like the ones at PRINE Health, is always excited to see familiar faces and meet new patients that they can create a bond with. If you want to know more about primary care or want to make an appointment with PRINE Health, check out our website today! 

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PRINE PARTNERS

PulseData

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The health system generates a tremendous amount of data – deeply specific data on individuals, and pattern behavior data across massive populations.

pulseData equips Healthcare providers with the right adaptive, predictive, and precise data science tools, as well as artificial intelligence to help eliminate preventable sickness. Care management teams use pulseData to deliver the right care, to the right person, at the right time.

PRINE has partnered with pulseData to help manage their large CKD/ESKD patient population more effectively as they evaluate opportunities in risk-based contracting and Population Health.

PALM VASCULAR

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Palm Vascular Centers specialize in the care of vascular disease using innovative approaches that rely on safe and effective minimally invasive techniques. Palm is pioneering the latest treatments for peripheral arterial disease (PAD) and comprehensive dialysis access procedures and care, as well as a range of other medical services.

Palm Vascular Centers have roots in South Florida but are expanding and will be entering the New York market partnering with PRINE in a new Vascular Center launching in 2020.

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Elligo connects the best healthcare experts with the best research technologies and infrastructure to create the ultimate healthcare-enabling research organization.

Elligo does this by maintaining the integrity of the trusted patient and healthcare physician relationship, building local communities of research through leveraging electronic health records, and powered by their novel clinical research technology (IntElligo Research Stack™ technology).

LAB CORP

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LabCorp is a leading global life sciences company that is deeply integrated in guiding patient care through its comprehensive clinical laboratory and end-to-end drug development services. The company’s mission is to improve health and improve lives by delivering world-class diagnostics, accelerating the availability of innovative medicines to patients, and using technology to change the way care is delivered. LabCorp serves a broad range of customers, including managed care organizations, biopharmaceutical companies, governmental agencies, physicians and other healthcare providers, hospitals and health systems, employers, patients and consumers, contract research organizations, and independent clinical laboratories.

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A Novel Nephrologist-Led, Value-Based Approach To Kidney Care.
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Prine MSO Services Offered

Practice Management

  • Finance
  • Revenue Cycle
  • Provider Relations
  • Marketing & Recruitment
  • Managed Care Contracting
  • HR & Payroll
  • EMR & IT Support
  • Compliance
  • Vendor Management

Practice Management

  • PRINE Home Dialysis Support
  • ESRD Revenue Cycle
  • Dialysis Training
  • Transplant Evaluation
  • Transplant Support Service

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  • Data Analytics and Data Mining
  • Predictive Analytics and novel technologies
  • Value-Based and Population Health Contracting
  • PCKH (patient-centered kidney home) support program
  • Behavioral Health Counselling and Support
  • Nutritional Support and Obesity Counselling
  • CMS Screening Code optimization: Chronic Care Management, Advanced Care Planning, Depression/ Tobacco/ Substance Abuse Screening, Transitional Care support
  • Home Care support
  • Telehealth and Telenephrology
  • CKD & ESRD Education

Consulting Services

  • Practice optimization
  • Research Coordination
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Nephrectomy

nephrectomy is a procedure that can remove part of all of your kidney. Someone who is undergoing kidney removal surgery is typically suffering from kidney cancer or needs to have a noncancerous tumor taken out. On rare occasions, you may need to get a nephrectomy due to disease or severe kidney damage. If you suffer from any medical conditions that may affect your kidneys, you must visit a kidney specialist in Nassau County who can provide you with the best possible care. At PRINE Health, our team of nephrologists, primary care physicians, and other complementary physicians specialize in kidney treatment and can help weigh out your options regarding kidney problems. 

What Are The Types Of Nephrectomies: 

If your doctor has determined that kidney removal surgery is the next step for you, you must be aware of the different forms of the procedure. Below are the different types of nephrectomies that are typically performed: 

  • Simple nephrectomy – This involves removing a person’s entire kidney; your surgeon will likely make a large incision on your side to help completely remove the kidney.
  • Partial nephrectomy – This only involves removing part of the kidney; the surgery follows the same process of a simple nephrectomy but the incision is much smaller. 
  • Laparoscopic nephrectomy – This procedure can be used for both full or partial kidney removal, it involves the use of small instruments, including a camera, so that your surgeon can see inside during the removal. 

Are There Risks?

Generally speaking, a nephrectomy is a safe procedure, but of course, it can come with minor risk factors as any other surgery would. When you meet with a kidney specialist in Nassau County, they can go over the following risks, which are rare, but could occur: 

  • Bleeding or blood loss 
  • Possible infection
  • Injury to nearby organs 

Other serious problems may occur due to the long-term complications that come along with decreased kidney function. This could include high blood pressure or Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). 

Preparing For Kidney Removal: 

Like any procedure, you should consult with your kidney specialist in Nassau County about preparing for surgery. This may include indicating whether or not you are on any specific medications, even over-the-counter ones. You will also need to have blood taken at least one week prior to having the surgery so that everyone in the operating room is aware of your blood type in case a transfusion is required. Lastly, like many other surgeries, you will have to fast and stop drinking liquids for some time before your kidney removal surgery. 

Contact A Kidney Specialist In Nassau County: 

If you or someone you know may need to get a nephrectomy, or would just like to learn more about this procedure in general, our team at PRINE Health can help. As a medical group made up of nephrologists, primary care physicians, and other complementary physicians, our main goal is to combat CKD and other kidney-related conditions. We can work with you to make sure you are comfortable and prepared for a surgery like this. To schedule an appointment at one of our many locations, visit our website.

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Medical Group In Rockville Centre

PRINE Health is a newly developed kidney care group that is placing an emphasis on revolutionizing the kidney care industry. We’re an independent Nephrology based SUPERGROUP infused with Primary Care, Care Management, and cutting-edge technology. Supported by a physician-owned managerial service organization (MSO), PRINE Health provides value-oriented population health and traditional practice management services. Our team is focused on bringing together the elite members of the nephrology industry and those who are specialists, like a Medical Group in Rockville Centre. For information on contacting PRINE Health, please visit our website here. Otherwise, please continue reading this article for more information on the group and our primary goals for the foreseeable future.

Our Vision

Revolutionizing the kidney care industry, PRINE is looking to create innovative treatment plans through a personalized, caregiving approach. By uniting the experts in the field, we’re looking to collectively bring together an association of patients and physicians who can help change the kidney care world for the better. Our goals as an organization include the following:

  • Improve the quality of kidney care and give patients innovative treatment methods.
  • Give easy access to care by boosting the relationship between patient and physician. Thus, giving quality satisfaction for patient care.
  • Eliminate waste, redundancies, and inefficiencies.
  • Overall, make kidney care a much more enjoyable experience; for the physician, care partners, and the patient!

In an ever-changing healthcare industry, the emphasis on kidney care has been somewhat lacking for several years. However, PRINE Health is looking to change this notion. Our specialists, including our Medical Group in Rockville Centre, are able to work together as a collaboration; benefiting the local community and many more patients. The unfortunate truth is those complications such as chronic kidney disease have increased dramatically, as one in seven adults in the United States suffers from this condition. Our nephrology-based SUPERGROUP aims to dramatically lower this number, with the assistance of our partners and collaborators. Emphatic care management is essential for the success of our movement. If you’re interested in joining our movement or have been searching for a specialist, like a Medical Group in Rockville Centre, for Kidney Disease Treatment, contact PRINE Health today for further assistance.

Kidney Stones

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Kidney stones, also known as renal lithiasis or nephrolithiasis, are formed inside of your kidneys and consist of salt and minerals. They can have a number of different causes, but normally begin to form when your urine becomes concentrated. When this occurs the minerals will begin to crystallize and start sticking together, forming the kidney stone. While passing a kidney stone can be severely painful, it shouldn’t cause too much damage as long as you seek early medical attention. You could also seek out some home remedies that may help treat your kidney stones or prevent it from recurring in the future. It is important to keep in mind that if left untreated, you may need to seek the help of a Medical Group in Rockville Centre for kidney disease treatment in regards to possible surgery!

Symptoms:

Kidney stones can go undetected until they begin to move around your ureter. The part of your body that connects your kidneys to the bladder. Once it begins moving around you may feel one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Pain that is located in your side and back
  • Radiating pain from your abdomen to your groin
  • Fluctuating pain throughout the day
  • Experiencing pain when using the bathroom
  • Discolored urine
    • Pink, red, brown
  • Cloudy or foul-smelling urine
  • Very frequent urination
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Urinating in small amounts
  • Fever or Chills
    • Only if there is an infection

Home Remedies:

Fortunately, prior to seeing a Medical Group in Rockville Centre for kidney disease treatment, there are a few home remedies that you can try to help reduce your risk of kidney stones:

  • Always stay hydrated
  • Increase your intake of Citric Acid
    • By doing this you can prevent stone formation and/or stone enlargement
  • Try not to eat foods high in Oxalates
    • Oxalates can bind calcium and other minerals that form kidney stones
  • Try not to take high dosages of vitamin C
    • This is specifically for Vitamin C supplements
  • Make sure you’re getting enough Calcium
  • Reduce your salt intake
  • Add more Magnesium to your diet

When Is It Time To Contact A Medical Group In Rockville Centre?

While it is never a bad thing to try out natural remedies, it is important to keep in mind that you might not always be able to treat kidney stones on your own. If you begin to experience severe pain in your lower abdomen or genitals, it is time to seek out the help of a doctor. In a not-too-serious case, a doctor may just inform you that you need fluid therapy and pain medications. On the other hand, if your kidney stones get stuck in your urinary tract or begin to cause damage, a doctor may need to schedule surgery as soon as possible. If you or someone you know is suffering from Kidney Stones and would like to try out some natural treatments, make sure to consult with a doctor first! At PRINEhealth, we have a network of professional specialists, including a Medical Group in Rockville Centre, for kidney disease treatment, that can help guide you in the right direction when it comes to kidney stones. Contact us today!

Treatment For A Kidney Infection

Kidney Infections are unfortunately widespread and can occur spontaneously for certain patients. This type of urinary tract infection is known to develop quickly and includes a vast amount of symptoms. Kidney infections can occur when bacteria get into the bladder and the urethra, which triggers the infection and causes discomfort. If you’re suffering from a kidney infection and want to get treatment as soon as possible, visit a Medical Group in Rockville Centre at PRINE Health.

How Does The Infection Start?

There are a few ways that bacteria can get into the bladder. They include poor bathroom hygiene and not properly cleaning the anus once you are finished in the bathroom. Not correctly cleaning can lead to your genitals becoming infected more easily. A Medical Group in Rockville Centre will remind you of some of the ways you may have contracted a kidney infection, and how to prevent it in the future.

Causes:

Women are more prone to getting a bladder infection because their urethra is much shorter. This makes it easier for infections to reach the urinary tract and cause problems. For females being sexually active can cause issues as well. If the bacteria reaches the urinary tract, this can cause a kidney infection. For men, a kidney infection can be caused by an enlarged prostate. An enlarged prostate results in a higher chance of getting a kidney infection.

Symptoms Of Kidney Infections:

The following list includes the symptoms one may experience when suffering from a kidney infection:

  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Shivering uncontrollably
  • Vomiting
  • Back pain
  • Groin pain
  • Heightened symptoms while urinating

Treatment:

Kidney infections can either be treated at home or in the hospital under a doctor’s supervision. Depending upon the severity of your symptoms and your current health state, a Medical Group in Rockville Centre can advise you on how to treat your infection. Your doctor may suggest the following options when it comes to clearing up a kidney infection on your own:

  • Antibiotics
    • They’re usually given at first if your infection isn’t too severe.
  • Staying hydrated
    • This will help prevent symptoms like dehydration and fever.
  • Use the bathroom as soon as you need to go

If you have a more severe infection, your doctor may tell you to go to the hospital. You may spend around 3 to 7 days in the hospital. During this time, you’ll be administered a drip that includes antibiotics. When one has a kidney stone, one can have a higher risk of developing a kidney infection down the line. If you think that you may have a kidney infection, then a Medical Group in Rockville Centre at PRINE Health will be able to answer any questions you may have regarding kidney infections. Contact us today for more information!

What Is A Kidney Cyst?

A kidney cyst is defined as a pouch that forms in your kidney and is filled with fluid. There can just be one cyst on one of your kidneys or even multiple cysts on both kidneys. While they can become dangerous, by impairing the function of your kidneys or be the result of a more serious disorder, you should know that most are usually harmless. A Medical Group in Rockville Centre can alert you on the severity of your cyst by determining if it is one of the two types of cysts:

  • “Simple” Kidney Cysts – These cysts are noncancerous, and can usually be identified by their thin walls and water-like fluid. These cysts do not damage your kidney functions.
  • Polycystic Kidney Disease – PKD, an inherited condition, causes multiple cysts to form on your kidneys. This can cause damage to your kidneys as they continue to grow.

How Do I Know If I Have Cyst?

Oftentimes, you may not experience any symptoms of a kidney cyst. If the cyst is continuously growing though, the size of it may begin to lead to pressure on nearby organs. You may be suffering from a simple cyst if you experience the following symptoms:

  • Dull pain in the back or side
  • Fever
  • Experiencing pain or swelling in your upper abdomen
  • Frequent urination (more often than normal)
  • Dark-colored urine
  • Blood in your urine

While most of the symptoms remain the same, PKD may cause symptoms such as:

  • High blood pressure
  • Pain in back and side
  • Blood in your urine

Why You Should Get Tested:

If you suspect that you are suffering from a kidney cyst, getting tested should be your first priority. A Medical Group in Rockville Centre can diagnose you, and then determine how to proceed with treatment. If you ignore the signs and allow the cyst to grow large enough it could become as big as a tennis ball. This can lead to further complications, other than just pain or discomfort. Other complications may include:

  • An infection within the cyst
  • The cyst bursting
  • The cyst causes a blockage of urine out of the kidney
  • High blood pressure.

For those suffering from PKD, if left untreated, it will often lead to kidney failure by the age of 60.

The Diagnosis:

In order to conduct testing on your possible kidney cyst, a Medical Group in Rockville Centre will likely choose from the following image tests:

  • CT Scan (computed tomography)
  • MRI (magnetic resonance imaging
  • Ultrasound

Treatment:

In rare cases, after the diagnosis, your doctor may suggest sclerotherapy (draining of the cyst) or even surgery. Typically though, if it is a simple cyst, it is not causing much harm. Your Medical Group in Rockville Centre will then recommend that you continue to get tested every 6 to 12 months to keep an eye on its size. If it does not get any larger you won’t have to take any serious action. If you believe you are suffering from a kidney cyst, there is a Medical Group in Rockville Centre that can help! At PRINE Health, we realize that kidney care is often overlooked. That is why we’ve created a network of nephrologists to help create an integrative team approach to healthcare. With an extensive list of providers, there is no doubt that we can help treat your kidney cyst! Visit our website to schedule an appointment with a nearby provider today!

The Importance Of A Primary Care Physician During The Early Stages Of CKD

Chronic kidney disease, or CKD, is known as the gradual loss of kidney use. The kidneys filter waste and liquids from your blood, which is then discharged into your urine. When CKD becomes more advanced, a dangerous amount of fluids can build up in the body. About 200,000 people a year are diagnosed in the U.S. with this disease. It can be detected through two simple tests, administered by your primary care physician (PCP). What many don’t realize is that your PCP can be a great help in detecting CKD and what the next steps may be for you!

Benefits Of Visiting A Primary Care Physician: 

Early detection of CKD by your primary care physician calls for immediate action. He will lower your cardiovascular risk and will make an effort to slow the progression of CKD. There are 5 stages of chronic kidney disease. Any condition beyond Stage 3 should be monitored by a nephrologist as well. Some of the benefits of a primary care physician are listed below:

  • Open communication – Patients should be encouraged to discuss any changes in medication, comfort, urine
  • Effective treatment – Although there is no treatment for CKD, your primary care physician can specify the direct cause of your individualized CKD condition and provide treatment.
  • Stabilization of metabolism – Unfortunately, CKD affects more than just the kidneys and renal function. Your primary care physician can address and regulate any abnormalities in your metabolism.
  • Holistic approach – Your primary care physician will already be familiar with any other factors that could be affecting CKD. With a holistic approach, the medical group in Rockville Center will form the best plan for you.

How Can A Primary Care Physician Help CKD?

During the early stages of CKD, it is crucial to work with your primary care physician to manage the disease. It has been found that co-management of this particular disease can help provide the highest-quality and safest treatment. With initial interference and a complete, integrative physician team approach, your primary care physician can help stay on top of the following:

  •  The stabilization of renal functions (this includes blood pressure and diabetes control as well)
  • Reducing risk factors like hypertension and hyperdilipdema
  • Preventing Vitamin D levels from dropping
  • Lowering Lipids
  • Smoking Cessation

Your PCP can also guide you through the testing procedure once you have been diagnosed. These tests can help determine how well your kidneys are actually functioning as well as which treatment will be best for you. These tests may include:

  • Calculating your Glomerular Filtration Rate (GFR) – This test is specifically used to show how much kidney function you have.
  • Perform an Ultrasound or CT Scan – Both tests are used to show the size of your kidneys, whether they are too small or too large, as well as a full picture of your kidneys and urinary tract.
  • Perform a Kidney Biopsy – This can show any type of kidney disease and any damage that has occurred.

Why You Should Visit A Medical Group In Rockville Centre: 

Although there is no cure for chronic kidney disease, visiting a primary care physician early enough will help treat and lessen your symptoms, as well as slow the progression of this disease. At PRINE Health, we understand that chronic kidney disease is largely overlooked. This is why we have created a medical group in Rockville Centre, consisting of both nephrologists and primary care physicians, to help treat the millions of Americans affected. Contact us today to receive the treatment plan perfect for you!

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PRINE Health: Revolutionizing Kidney Care with a Focus on Innovation and Excellence

PRINE Health is a newly developed kidney care group that is placing an emphasis on revolutionizing the kidney care industry. We’re an independent Nephrology based SUPERGROUP infused with Primary Care, Care Management, and cutting-edge technology. Supported by a physician-owned managerial service organization (MSO), PRINE Health is providing value-oriented population health and traditional practice management services. Our team is focused on bringing together the elite members of the nephrology industry and those who are specialists, like a Medical Group in Nassau County. For information on how you can contact PRINE Health, please visit our website here. Otherwise, please continue reading this article for more information on the group and our primary goals for the foreseeable future.

Our Vision

Revolutionizing the kidney care industry, PRINE is looking to create innovative treatment plans through a personalized, caregiving approach. By uniting the experts in the field, we’re looking to collectively bring together an association of patients and physicians who can help change the kidney care world for the better. Our goals as an organization include the following:

  • Improve the quality of kidney care and give patients innovative treatment methods.
  • Give easy access to care by boosting the relationship between patient and physician. Thus, giving quality satisfaction for patient care.
  • Eliminate waste, redundancies, and inefficiencies.
  • Overall, make kidney care a much more enjoyable experience; for the physician, care partners, and the patient!
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In an ever-changing healthcare industry, the emphasis on kidney care has been somewhat lacking for several years. However, PRINE Health is looking to change this notion. Our specialists, including our Medical Group in Nassau County, are able to work together as a collaboration; benefiting the local community and many more patients. The unfortunate truth is those complications such as chronic kidney disease have increased dramatically, as one in seven adults in the United States suffers from this condition. Our nephrology-based SUPERGROUP aims to dramatically lower this number, with the assistance of our partners and collaborators. Emphatic care management is essential for the success of our movement. If you’re interested in joining our movement or have been searching for a specialist, like a Medical Group in Nassau County, for Kidney Disease Treatment, contact PRINE Health today for further assistance. Kidney stones, also known as renal lithiasis or nephrolithiasis, are formed inside of your kidneys and consist of salt and minerals. They can have a number of different causes, but normally begin to form when your urine becomes concentrated. When this occurs the minerals will begin to crystallize and start sticking together, forming the kidney stone. While passing a kidney stone can be severely painful, it shouldn’t cause too much damage as long as you seek early medical attention. You could also seek out some home remedies that may help treat your kidney stones or prevent it from recurring in the future. It is important to keep in mind that if left untreated, you may need to seek the help of a Medical Group in Nassau County for kidney disease treatment in regards to possible surgery!

Symptoms:

Kidney stones can go undetected until they begin to move around your ureter. The part of your body that connects your kidneys to the bladder. Once it begins moving around you may feel one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Pain that is located in your side and back
  • Radiating pain from your abdomen to your groin
  • Fluctuating pain throughout the day
  • Experiencing pain when using the bathroom
  • Discolored urine: Pink, red, brown
  • Cloudy or foul-smelling urine
  • Very frequent urination
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Urinating in small amounts
  • Fever or Chills: Only if there is an infection

Home Remedies:

Fortunately, prior to seeing a Medical Group in Nassau County for kidney disease treatment, there are a few home remedies that you can try to help reduce your risk of kidney stones:

  • Always stay hydrated
  • Increase your intake of Citric Acid
    • By doing this you can prevent stone formation and/or stone enlargement
  • Try not to eat foods high in Oxalates
    • Oxalates can bind calcium and other minerals that form kidney stones
  • Try not to take high dosages of vitamin C
    • This is specifically for Vitamin C supplements
  • Make sure you’re getting enough Calcium
  • Reduce your salt intake
  • Add more Magnesium to your diet

When Is It Time To Contact A Medical Group In Nassau County?

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While it is never a bad thing to try out natural remedies, it is important to keep in mind that you might not always be able to treat kidney stones on your own. If you begin to experience severe pain in your lower abdomen or genitals, it is time to seek out the help of a doctor. In a not-too-serious case, a doctor may just inform you that you need fluid therapy and pain medications. While on the other hand, if your kidney stones get stuck in your urinary tract or begin to cause damage, a doctor may need to schedule surgery as soon as possible. If you or someone you know is suffering from Kidney Stones and would like to try out some natural treatments, make sure to consult with a doctor first! At PRINEhealth, we have a network of professional specialists, including a Medical Group in Nassau County, for kidney disease treatment, that can help guide you in the right direction when it comes to kidney stones. Contact us today! Kidney Infections are unfortunately widespread and can occur spontaneously for certain patients. This type of urinary tract infection is known to develop quickly and includes a vast amount of symptoms. Kidney infections can occur when bacteria get into the bladder and the urethra, which triggers the infection and causes discomfort. If you’re suffering from a kidney infection and want to get treatment as soon as possible, visit a Medical Group in Nassau County at PRINE Health.

How Does The Infection Start?

There are a few ways that bacteria can get into the bladder. They include poor bathroom hygiene and not properly cleaning the anus once you are finished in the bathroom. Not correctly cleaning can lead to your genitals becoming infected more easily. A Medical Group in Nassau County will remind you of some of the ways you may have contracted a kidney infection, and how to prevent it in the future.

Causes:

Women are more prone to getting a bladder infection because their urethra is much shorter. This makes it easier for infections to reach the urinary tract and cause problems. For females being sexually active can cause issues as well. If the bacteria reaches the urinary tract, this can cause a kidney infection. For men, a kidney infection can be caused by an enlarged prostate. An enlarged prostate results in a higher chance of getting a kidney infection.

Symptoms Of Kidney Infections:

The following list includes the symptoms one may experience when suffering from a kidney infection:

  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Shivering uncontrollably
  • Vomiting
  • Back pain
  • Groin pain
  • Heightened symptoms while urinating

Treatment:

Kidney infections can either be treated at home or in the hospital under a doctor’s supervision. Depending upon the severity of your symptoms and your current health state, a Medical Group in Nassau County can advise you on how to treat your infection. Your doctor may suggest the following options when it comes to clearing up a kidney infection on your own:

  • Antibiotics
    • They’re usually given at first if your infection isn’t too severe.
  • Staying hydrated
    • This will help prevent symptoms like dehydration and fever.
  • Use the bathroom as soon as you need to go

If you have a more severe infection, your doctor may tell you to go to the hospital. You may spend around 3 to 7 days in the hospital. During this time, you’ll be administered a drip that includes antibiotics.

CKD Treatment

When one has a kidney stone, one can have a higher risk of developing a kidney infection down the line. If you think that you may have a kidney infection, then a Medical Group in Nassau County at PRINE Health will be able to answer any questions you may have regarding kidney infections. Contact us today for more information!

What Is A Kidney Cyst?

A kidney cyst is defined as a pouch that forms in your kidney and is filled with fluid. There can just be one cyst on one of your kidneys or even multiple cysts on both kidneys. While they can become dangerous, by impairing the function of your kidneys or be the result of a more serious disorder, you should know that most are usually harmless. A Medical Group in Nassau County can alert you on the severity of your cyst by determining if it is one of the two types of cysts:

  • “Simple” Kidney Cysts – These cysts are noncancerous, and can usually be identified by their thin walls and water-like fluid. These cysts do not damage your kidney functions.
  • Polycystic Kidney Disease – PKD, an inherited condition, causes multiple cysts to form on your kidneys. This can cause damage to your kidneys as they continue to grow.

How Do I Know If I Have Cyst?

Oftentimes, you may not experience any symptoms of a kidney cyst. If the cyst is continuously growing though, the size of it may begin to lead to pressure on nearby organs. You may be suffering from a simple cyst if you experience the following symptoms:

  • Dull pain in the back or side
  • Fever
  • Experiencing pain or swelling in your upper abdomen
  • Frequent urination (more often than normal)
  • Dark-colored urine
  • Blood in your urine

While most of the symptoms remain the same, PKD may cause symptoms such as:

  • High blood pressure
  • Pain in back and side
  • Blood in your urine

Why You Should Get Tested:

If you suspect that you are suffering from a kidney cyst, getting tested should be your first priority. A Medical Group in Nassau County can diagnose you, and then determine how to proceed with treatment. If you ignore the signs and allow the cyst to grow large enough it could become as big as a tennis ball. This can lead to further complications, other than just pain or discomfort. Other complications may include:

  • An infection within the cyst
  • The cyst bursting
  • The cyst causes a blockage of urine out of the kidney
  • High blood pressure.

For those suffering from PKD, if left untreated, will often lead to kidney failure by the age of 60.

The Diagnosis:

In order to conduct testing on your possible kidney cyst, a Medical Group in Nassau County will likely choose from the following image tests:

  • CT Scan (computed tomography)
  • MRI (magnetic resonance imaging
  • Ultrasound

Treatment:

In rare cases, after the diagnosis, your doctor may suggest sclerotherapy (draining of the cyst) or even surgery. Typically though, if it is a simple cyst, it is not causing much harm. Your Medical Group in Nassau County will then recommend that you continue to get tested every 6 to 12 months to keep an eye on its size. If it does not get any larger you won’t have to take any serious action. If you believe you are suffering from a kidney cyst, there is a Medical Group in Nassau County that can help! At PRINE Health, we realize that kidney care is often overlooked. That is why we’ve created a network of nephrologists to help create an integrative team approach to healthcare. With an extensive list of providers, there is no doubt that we can help treat your kidney cyst! Visit our website to schedule an appointment with a nearby provider today!

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Kidney Stones: Causes, Symptoms, And Treatments

Kidney stones are solid salt and mineral deposits that develop inside the kidneys. They can be as very small or even as large as a golf ball, and they can cause excruciating pain as they move through the urinary tract, which requires the help of a Urologist in Long Island NY at PRINE Health today.

Causes

  • Dehydration: Not getting enough water can cause urine to become more concentrated, which raises the possibility of kidney stones developing.
  • Diet: Kidney stones are more likely to form if you eat a lot of protein, sodium, and sweets.
  • Genetics: Some people have a higher risk of developing kidney stones because the ailment runs in their family.
  • Medical problems: Kidney stones are more likely to develop in people who have certain medical diseases, such as hyperparathyroidism, gout, and urinary tract infections.
  • The risk of kidney stones can be increased by a number of drugs, including diuretics and antacids.

Symptoms

  • Severe back and side discomfort that is located behind the ribs
  • Radiating discomfort in the groin and lower abdomen
  • Unpleasant urination
  • Red, pink, or brown urine
  • Nausea and diarrhea
  • Constant urge to urinate
  • More frequent urination than normal
  • Fever and chills (if an infection is present)

Treatment

  • Consuming a lot of liquids to assist the stone being flushed out.
  • Using over-the-counter or prescription painkillers to manage pain.
  • Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy is the process of dissolving the stone using sound waves.
  • Surgical surgery, percutaneous nephrolithotomy, or ureteroscopy may be used to remove the stone.
  • Medication to dissolve specific kidney stones.

Prevention

  • Drink a lot of water all day long.
  • Reduce your intake of sodium and animal protein.
  • Reduce your intake of oxalate-rich foods like spinach, chocolate, almonds, and tea.
  • Eat adequate calcium-rich foods or take calcium supplements.

Discuss your treatment options with our Urologist in Long Island NY if you have a high risk of developing kidney stones.

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If you’re suffering from kidney stones, do not hesitate to contact our Urologist in Long Island NY, at PRINE Health to address any concerns you may have regarding your health.

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Kidney Infection Treatment

Kidney Infections are unfortunately widespread and can occur spontaneously for certain patients. This type of urinary tract infection is known to develop quickly and includes a vast amount of symptoms. Kidney infections can occur when bacteria get into the bladder and the urethra, which triggers the infection and causes discomfort. If you’re suffering from a kidney infection and want to get treatment as soon as possible, visit a nephrologist in Great Neck such as the experts over at PRINE Health.

How does the infection start?

There are a few ways that bacteria can get into the bladder. They include poor bathroom hygiene and not properly cleaning the anus once you are finished in the bathroom. Not correctly cleaning can lead to your genitals becoming infected more easily. A nephrologist in Great Neck will remind you of some of the ways you may have contracted a kidney infection, and how to prevent it in the future.

Causes:

Women are more prone to getting a bladder infection because their urethra is much shorter. This makes it easier for infections to reach the urinary tract and cause problems. For females being sexually active can cause issues as well. If the bacteria reaches the urinary tract, this can cause a kidney infection. For men, a kidney infection can be caused by an enlarged prostate. An enlarged prostate results in a higher chance of getting a kidney infection.

Symptoms of Kidney Infections:

The following list includes the symptoms one may experience when suffering from a kidney infection:

  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Shivering uncontrollably
  • Vomiting
  • Back pain
  • Groin pain
  • Heightened symptoms while urinating

Treatment:

Kidney infections can either be treated at home or in the hospital under a doctor’s supervision. Depending upon the severity of your symptoms and your current health state, a nephrologist in Great Neck can advise you on how to treat your infection. Your doctor may suggest the following options when it comes to clearing up a kidney infection on your own:

  • Antibiotics: They’re usually given at first if your infection isn’t too severe.
  • Staying hydrated: This will help prevent symptoms like dehydration and fever.
  • Use the bathroom as soon as you need to go

If you have a more severe infection, your doctor may tell you to go to the hospital. You may spend around 3 to 7 days in the hospital. During this time, you’ll be administered a drip that includes antibiotics. When one has a kidney stone, one can have a higher risk of developing a kidney infection down the line. If you think that you may have a kidney infection, then a Nephrologist in Great Neck at PRINE Health will be able to answer any questions you may have regarding kidney infections. Contact us today for more information!

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Kidney Disease Treatment In Nassau County
Kidney Disease Treatment
Kidney Disease Treatment In Nassau County

PRINE Health is a newly developed kidney care group that is placing an emphasis on revolutionizing the kidney care industry. We’re an independent nephrology-based SUPERGROUP infused with Primary Care, Care Management, and cutting-edge technology. Supported by a physician-owned managerial service organization (MSO), PRINE Health is providing value-oriented population health and traditional practice management services. Our team is focused on bringing together the elite members of the nephrology industry and those who are specialists in kidney disease treatment in Nassau County. For information on how you can contact PRINE Health, please visit our website here. Otherwise, please continue reading this article for more information on the group and our primary goals for the foreseeable future.

Our Vision

Revolutionizing the kidney care industry, PRINE is looking to create innovative treatment plans through a personalized, caregiving approach. By uniting the experts in the field, we’re looking to collectively bring together an association of patients and physicians who can help change the kidney care world for the better.

Our goals as an organization include the following:

  • Improve the quality of kidney care and give patients innovative treatment methods.
  • Give easy access to care by boosting the relationship between patient and physician. Thus, giving quality satisfaction for patient care.
  • Eliminate waste, redundancies, and inefficiencies.
  • Overall, makes kidney care a much more enjoyable experience; for the physician, care partners, and the patient!

In an ever-changing healthcare industry, the emphasis on kidney care has been somewhat lacking for several years. However, PRINE Health is looking to change this notion. Our specialists for kidney disease treatment in Nassau County are able to work together as a collaboration; benefiting the local community and many more patients. The unfortunate truth is those complications such as chronic kidney disease have increased dramatically, as one in seven adults in the United States suffers from this condition. Our nephrology-based SUPERGROUP aims to dramatically lower this number, with the assistance of our partners and collaborators. Emphatic care management is essential for the success of our movement.

If you’re interested in joining our movement or have been searching for a specialist for Kidney Disease Treatment in Nassau County, contact PRINE Health today for further assistance.

Kidney stones, also known as renal lithiasis or nephrolithiasis, are formed inside of your kidneys and consist of salt and minerals. They can have a number of different causes, but normally begin to form when your urine becomes concentrated. When this occurs the minerals will begin to crystallize and start sticking together, forming the kidney stone. While passing a kidney stone can be severely painful, it shouldn’t cause too much damage as long as you seek early medical attention. You could also seek out some home remedies that may help treat your kidney stones or prevent it from recurring in the future.

It is important to keep in mind that if left untreated, you may need to seek the help of a specialist for kidney disease treatment in Nassau County in regard to possible surgery!

Symptoms:

Kidney stones can go undetected until they begin to move around your ureter. The part of your body that connects your kidneys to the bladder. Once it begins moving around you may feel one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Pain that is located in your side and back
  • Radiating pain from your abdomen to your groin
  • Fluctuating pain throughout the day
  • Experiencing pain when using the bathroom
  • Discolored urine: Pink, red, brown
  • Cloudy or foul-smelling urine
  • Very frequent urination
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Urinating in small amounts
  • Fever or Chills: Only if there is an infection

Home Remedies:

Fortunately, prior to seeing a specialist for kidney disease treatment in Nassau County, there are a few home remedies that you can try to help reduce your risk of kidney stones:

  • Always stay hydrated
  • Increase your intake of Citric Acid: By doing this you can prevent stone formation and/or stone enlargement
  • Try not to eat foods high in Oxalates: Oxalates can bind calcium and other minerals that form kidney stones
  • Try not to take high dosages of vitamin C: This is specifically for Vitamin C supplements
  • Make sure you’re getting enough Calcium
  • Reduce your salt intake
  • Add more Magnesium to your diet

When is it time to contact a specialist for kidney disease treatment in Nassau County?

While it is never a bad thing to try out natural remedies, it is important to keep in mind that you might not always be able to treat kidney stones on your own. If you begin to experience severe pain in your lower abdomen or genitals, it is time to seek out the help of a doctor. In a not-too-serious case, a doctor may just inform you that you need fluid therapy and pain medications. While on the other hand, if your kidney stones get stuck in your urinary tract or begin to cause damage, a doctor may need to schedule surgery as soon as possible.

If you or someone you know is suffering from Kidney Stones and would like to try out some natural treatments, make sure to consult with a doctor first! At PRINEhealth, we have a network of professional specialists for kidney disease treatment in Nassau County, that can help guide you in the right direction when it comes to kidney stones. Contact us today!

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Early Detection For Prostate Cancer
Early Detection For Prostate Cancer
Early Detection For Prostate Cancer blog post

A cancer diagnosis is overwhelming no matter which kind or stage. However, early detection is key in increasing your chances of effectively treating the cancer. This involves screening to identify the cancer and to determine its aggressiveness. Please continue reading if you are looking for a urologist near Lynbrook, NY, at PRINE Health.

What is Prostate Cancer?
Prostate cancer is a form of cancer that occurs in the prostate. According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, this form of cancer is the most commonly diagnosed in the United States. The prostate is the small, walnut-shaped gland that produces the seminal fluid that both transports and nourishes sperm. Although many prostate cancers are low-risk or “slow-moving,” there are still aggressive forms to be mindful of.

Symptoms
Symptoms may be nonexistent in the early stages. This is why early and annual screenings are important. However, sometimes symptoms are present. Some include:

  • Blood in urine
  • Pain during urination
  • Frequent urination
  • Weak flow of urine
  • Bone pain
  • Erectile Dysfunction

Causes and Risk Factors
Unfortunately, the exact cause of prostate cancer isn’t clear. However, like all other cancers, DNA mutations cause cancer cells to grow. What causes the DNA to mutate is errors in replication. Because of this, rapid cell growth occurs, which creates abnormal cells while healthy ones die. As for risk factors, some are:

  • Older age
  • Family history
  • Race
  • Obesity

Diagnosis
Early detection plays a crucial role in diagnosing and managing prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men, and its incidence increases with age. Detecting prostate cancer in its early stages significantly improves treatment outcomes and increases the chances of successful recovery. Regular screening tests, such as prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood tests and digital rectal exams (DRE), are essential for identifying potential signs of prostate cancer before symptoms manifest. By detecting prostate cancer early, our urologist near Lynbrook, NY, can develop personalized treatment plans tailored to each individual’s needs, potentially minimizing the impact of the disease and increasing the chances of a favorable prognosis.

Contact Our Urologist Near Lynbrook NY
At PRINE Health, we understand that a cancer diagnosis comes with many concerns and uncertainties. However, early detection can mean better health and peace of mind. Give yourself the best chances possible by speaking with a urologist near Lynbrook, NY. Schedule an appointment today!

Services Offered:

We diagnose and treat any and all conditions including specializing in the following urological services and a full array of services:

  • Office Ultrasound Of Urologic Organs
  • Prostate Biopsy With Local Anesthesia
  • State Of The Art Digital Cystoscopy With Local Anesthesia
  • Urodynamic Testing
  • Nerve Testing For Urine Analysis And Sophisticated Pathology Testing

Common Urological Conditions

From routine checkups to treatments and surgery, New York Urology focuses on all of your urological ailments, with all the services you need to feel happy and healthy:

  • Kidney Stones
  • Prostate Cancer Screening And Treatment
  • Male Sexual Function
  • Enlarged Prostate
  • Overactive Bladder For Men And Women
  • Blood In Urine (Hematuria)

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We offer diagnostic services and a broad spectrum of surgical and non-surgical treatments for both male and female urological conditions. Patient care is our highest priority, and we encourage you to contact us with your questions and concerns. Our professional, friendly, and knowledgeable physicians and staff are proud to assist you in managing your urologic health. We look forward to providing you with quality comprehensive medical care.

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Detoxing Your Kidneys

Our kidneys play a crucial role in helping our bodies get rid of excess waste, and hormone creation, and helping to balance our electrolytes. Making sure that your kidneys are properly functioning is a major part of your overall health. Typically, someone who does not suffer from any sickness or disease involving their kidneys will be able to maintain kidney health with proper water intake. While staying hydrated is a huge part of having healthy kidneys, there are also certain foods, herbs, and even drinks that could help as well. At times though, we may get carried away and believe we need to do a complete kidney cleanse. While it is important to pay mind to our kidney health, we need to do it safely. 

Consulting with a medical group in Great Neck can be the first step in starting a healthy detox. At PRINE Health, our team is made up of nephrologists, primary care physicians, and other complementary physicians who specialize in the kidneys and can ensure you aren’t missing anything when it comes to building a proper diet to support your kidney health.


What Exactly Is A Kidney Cleanse?

Our kidneys are our bodies’ natural filtration system. When functioning correctly they help remove any toxins, waste, or excess water from our blood. Essentially, when fluid intake is regular and abundant, our kidneys can cleanse themselves. Some may worry that they are not getting enough fluid to their kidneys, therefore they need to cleanse.  During a cleanse, you will usually consume certain foods as well as herbs that are known to remove toxins from your body. While cleansing your body should be a good thing, these detox programs usually involve a restricted diet and are not always backed fully in the medical field. Rather than buy into a detox, why not consult with a physician at a medical group in Great Neck? Our team can help determine which foods, herbs, or drinks you may want to incorporate into your diet to help boost kidney function!

What Should I Be Adding To My Diet?

If you are looking to help aid in the kidney cleansing process, make sure you discuss some of the following suggestions with your healthcare provider at a medical group in  Great Neck: 

Foods you can eat:

  • Grapes
  • Cranberries
  • Lemon, orange, and melon juice
  • Calcium-rich food

Kidney-cleansing teas:

  • Stinging nettle
  • Hydrangea
  • Sambong

  • Helpful Supplements:
  • Vitamin B-6
  • Omega-3’s
  • Potassium Citrate

Visit A Medical Group In Great Neck:

Before you decide to dive into a new diet, make sure you talk to your doctor first. At PRINE Health, our team can help construct the proper nutrition plan you need to help boost your kidneys and overall health. We can ensure your kidneys are properly functioning and help you with preventative measures to reduce your risk for any future illness or disease that could affect them. To learn more about a cleansing and detoxifying diet for your kidneys, contact PRINE Health today!

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Chronic Kidney Disease

What Is Chronic Kidney Disease?

Kidney diseases, also known as renal diseases, can create severe complications in the human body. Your kidneys are responsible for removing any waste and extra water that runs through your body, transmitting it into the urine. Your ureters then carry this urine through tube-like structures and transfer it over to the bladder; where it remains until you use the restroom. Naturally, infectious diseases that harm your kidneys can have detrimental consequences for the overall health of your body. Should you be searching for Kidney Disease Treatment in Manhasset, PRINE Health is researching methods for revolutionizing the kidney care industry. For more information regarding Chronic Kidney Disease; please continue reading this article for relevant facts and other useful suggestions.

Chronic Kidney Disease – What You Need To Know:

Customarily, most kidney diseases are known for attacking the nephrons and making them incapable of implementing their primary purpose of removing waste from the body. Chronic Kidney Disease is a degenerative condition that ultimately leads to a gradual loss of kidney function over time. If you’re in need of kidney disease treatment in Manhasset, consider the following symptoms before visiting a local nephrologist:

  • Dissipation of energy and buildup of chronic fatigue.
  • Inability to concentrate.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Difficulty falling asleep at night.
  • Frequent muscle cramps.
  • Swelling of the feet/ankles.
  • Puffiness around the eyes.
  • Dry skin and itchiness.
  • Constant urination.

Often, patients who suffer from diabetes and high blood pressure tend to be more susceptible to Chronic Kidney Diseases as opposed to patients who do not. Unfortunately, statistics have revealed that nearly 30 million adults in the United States suffer from Chronic Kidney Disease, while millions of others are at risk. If you’re nervous about your symptoms and need to speak with an expert, PRINE can be of assistance. Our staff focuses on early intervention when it comes to Chronic Kidney Disease, as we believe combining this with optimized physician-patient alignment is critical in increasing the effectiveness of treatment for this condition. 

Should you or a loved one be suffering from any kidney-related ailment, get in touch with PRINE Health ASAP! For Chronic Kidney Disease Treatment in Manhasset, we’re your go-to nephrologist. Contact our staff today and let us get you started on healthy, pain-free living!

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Causes Of Overactive Bladder

Overactive bladder (OAB) is a common condition affecting millions worldwide. It can significantly impact one’s quality of life, causing frequent and sudden urination urges. Fortunately, various management techniques are available to help individuals regain control and improve their bladder function. If you’re seeking professional assistance, a urologist in Hewlett NY at PRINE Health, can provide expert guidance and tailored treatment options. This article will explore the causes of overactive bladder and discuss effective management techniques to help you find relief.

Causes of Overactive Bladder:
Understanding the underlying causes of overactive bladder is crucial in managing the condition effectively. While the exact cause may vary from person to person, some common factors that contribute to OAB include:

•Bladder Muscle Dysfunction: An overactive bladder can result from involuntary contractions of the bladder muscles.
•Nerve Problems: Nerve damage or dysfunction can disrupt the communication between the bladder and the brain, leading to OAB symptoms.
•Bladder Irritation: Conditions such as urinary tract infections or bladder stones can irritate the bladder, triggering overactive symptoms.

Management Techniques for Overactive Bladder:
Managing an overactive bladder involves a combination of lifestyle modifications, behavioral strategies, and medical interventions. Here are some effective techniques to consider:

•Bladder Training: This technique involves scheduled voiding and gradually increasing the time between bathroom visits to improve bladder control.
•Pelvic Floor Exercises: Strengthening the pelvic floor muscles through exercises like Kegels can help enhance bladder control and reduce OAB symptoms.
•Fluid Management: Adjusting fluid intake, avoiding bladder irritants (e.g., caffeine and alcohol), and maintaining a healthy hydration balance can minimize OAB symptoms.
•Medications: Our urologist may prescribe medications to relax the bladder muscles, decrease bladder spasms, or regulate nerve signals to alleviate OAB symptoms.

Consult Our Urologist in Hewlett NY at PRINE Health:
An overactive bladder doesn’t have to control your life. By understanding the causes and implementing effective management techniques, you can improve your bladder function and reduce the impact of OAB on your daily activities. Consulting our urologist in Hewlett NY, at PRINE Health is crucial for receiving expert guidance and personalized treatment options. Remember, you don’t have to face this condition alone. Don’t let an overactive bladder hold you back—take proactive steps toward managing and overcoming this condition today.

Specializing In Highly Personal Patient Care Using Today’s Cutting Edge Treatments

Welcome to PRINE Urology. We are dedicated to providing our patients with state-of-the-art medical and surgical treatments available. Our physician is a board-certified Urologist who treats a wide array of urological conditions from minor problems to complex surgery. We provide a comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan for every patient in a friendly, personal, and compassionate manner. Contact our Urologist in Hewlett NY today!

Our mission at PRINE Urology is to passionately pursue our patients’ health and well-being by providing the most sophisticated diagnostic, therapeutic, health-promoting, and preventative practices, with unrelenting attention to the individual needs of each patient. We recognize each patient’s needs and desired outcomes while formulating an effective and personalized treatment plan. Dr. Grotas is a board-certified urologist, specializing in male and female urinary issues. He has authored many articles in peer-reviewed urology and radiology journals.

Services Offered:

We diagnose and treat any and all conditions including specializing in the following urological services and a full array of services:

  • Office Ultrasound Of Urologic Organs
  • Prostate Biopsy With Local Anesthesia
  • State Of The Art Digital Cystoscopy With Local Anesthesia
  • Urodynamic Testing
  • Nerve Testing For Urine Analysis And Sophisticated Pathology Testing

Common Urological Conditions

From routine checkups to treatments and surgery, New York Urology focuses on all of your urological ailments, with all the services you need to feel happy and healthy:

  • Kidney Stones
  • Prostate Cancer Screening And Treatment
  • Male Sexual Function
  • Enlarged Prostate
  • Overactive Bladder For Men And Women
  • Blood In Urine (Hematuria)
  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Male Andropause

Feel Better Today

We offer diagnostic services and a broad spectrum of surgical and non-surgical treatments for both male and female urological conditions. Patient care is our highest priority, and we encourage you to contact us with your questions and concerns. Our professional, friendly, and knowledgeable physicians and staff are proud to assist you in managing your urologic health. We look forward to providing you with quality comprehensive medical care.

Healthcare: The Next Frontier

Our very own Dr. Simon Prince was one of the five industry leaders invited to discuss how the financial aspects of the medical community are impacting patient care!

PRINE Health Has Now Added NUTRITION CONSULTS With A Certified Dietitian

Available now in our Manhasset – Bellmore – Rockville Centre locations

Meet Dr. Arielle Freilich – PRINE Health’s Newest Primary Care Provider!
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PRINE Health Team Enjoying Happy Hour After Successfully Launching The Group On May 1st

PRINE Health’s May 1st Launch Has Been Acknowledged In Crain’s Health Pulse New York!

Read About Our Medical Group And How We’ll Be Working To Manage The Complex And Costly Care Of Patients With CKD!

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Former NY Met, Ed Kranepool, discusses his upcoming kidney transplant and how he’s been able to stay away from dialysis with the help of Dr. Jeffrey Cohen, of PRINE health.

Treatment For Kidney Failure

Several different factors can hurt your kidney health. Whether it’s linked to a medication you regularly take, a chronic disease, or environmental pollutants these can eventually lead to another serious condition; kidney failure. This condition is due to your kidney’s inability to continue sufficiently filtering waste from your blood. Typically, kidney failure is one of the results of chronic kidney disease. Seeking treatment for CKD and kidney failure should never be postponed. If you or someone you know is suffering, visit a nephrologist in Great Neck at PRINE for help!

What are the symptoms of kidney failure?

Some people who have kidney failure experience very few symptoms. Some people don’t experience any. Some of the possible symptoms are:

  • Reduced amount of urination
  • Leg, ankle, and feet swelling from retention of fluids
  • Shortness of breath
  • Exhaustion
  • Nausea
  • Confusion
  • Pain in chest
  • Seizures
  • Coma

Every patient experiences different symptoms, depending on their stage and the severity of their CKD. 

Types of kidney failure

There are different ways that the kidney may stop functioning and there are different causes behind it. The different types of kidney failure include:

  • Acute prerenal kidney failure– This is caused by insufficient blood flow to the kidneys. This can be cured once your nephrologist in Great Neck determines why there is a decrease in blood flow
  • Acute intrinsic kidney failure– This can be caused by direct trauma to the kidneys, lack of oxygen to the kidneys, or from toxins. 
  • Chronic prerenal kidney failure– If there is a lack of blood flow to the kidneys, they begin to shrink and can no longer function properly
  • Chronic intrinsic kidney failure– When there is long-term kidney damage due to intrinsic kidney disease, this can occur. 
  • Chronic post-renal kidney failure– If there is something blocking the urinary tract, this prevents urination, which increases pressure and causes kidney damage. 

Dialysis

This is a treatment method in which your blood is filtered and purified through a machine that acts as your kidney. Dialysis removes waste, salt, and extra water so they do not build up in your body. It also allows you to maintain a healthy level of chemicals in your blood, such as potassium, sodium, and bicarbonate. Dialysis is typically done in a hospital, but it also can be done in your home. Depending on your condition, your nephrologist in Great Neck will decide which treatment method works best for you! There are two different types of dialysis:

  • Hemodialysis– In this method, an artificial kidney removes waste and excess chemicals from your blood by your nephrologist in Great Neck to create an entrance to the blood vessels so the blood can get to the artificial kidney. This can be done three times a week for approximately four hours. 
  • Peritoneal– This method cleans the blood inside your body. A catheter is placed into your abdomen to make an entrance. Your peritoneal cavity also referred to as your abdominal area, is filled with dialysate. 

Transplant

This is another treatment method used to treat kidney failure. Your nephrologist in Great Neck will be able to tell you if you qualify for this surgery. The wait time for a donor can be long unless you have a living donor. This process involves taking immunosuppressive drugs so your body does not reject the new kidney. 

If you want to know which treatment option is best for you, contact a nephrologist in Great Neck at PRINE Health!

Benefits Of Visiting A Nutritionist For CKD

The kidneys are responsible for filtering extra water and waste out of the blood to make urine. They also make hormones that help regulate blood pressure, make red blood cells, and maintain strength in your bones! When your kidneys are damaged and cannot properly filter blood, this is referred to as chronic kidney disease (CKD). The damage causes waste to fill up the body, along with many other health problems. Over 30 million people have chronic kidney disease in the United States. Here at PRINE Health, our kidney specialists in Great Neck specialize in conditions such as CKD. 

Diet and Chronic Kidney Disease

Maintaining a healthy diet should always be a top priority. Your diet has a major impact on your body and how it functions. When it comes to CKD, you have to be cautious of what you can and cannot eat because some foods that are typically part of your daily diet may have a negative impact when it comes to CKD. Three major components can slow down the progression of your chronic kidney disease:

  • Maintaining a healthy blood pressure- this can be done by decreasing your daily sodium intake
  • Reducing the amount of protein you consume, depending on how much you usually consume
  • Monitoring and taking care of your diabetes

It can be hard to analyze the nutritional value of different foods and the science behind it all to ensure you are on the right track to a proper CKD diet. Visiting a nutritionist can be beneficial in making sure you are getting all of the nutrients that will keep your kidneys healthy. 

What to eat

After visiting your kidney specialist in Great Neck, you may want to start figuring out which foods will keep your kidneys healthy! Some of those foods include:

  • Cabbage
  • Red bell peppers
  • Garlic
  • Arugula
  • Berries
  • Olive oil
  • Egg whites

What not to eat

What you can and cannot eat depends on which stage of kidney disease you are on. In the earlier stages, you may have different dietary restrictions than someone who has end-stage renal disease. Earlier stages may require a lower protein intake, whereas those with end-stage renal disease need an increased protein intake. Foods that should be avoided when on a renal diet are:

  • Avocados
  • Canned food
  • Alcohol
  • Red Meat
  • Bananas
  • Dairy
  • Egg yolks

Overall, it is important to reduce your potassium, phosphorus, and sodium intake. If you are unsure of what foods will have a major impact on your stage of CKD, ask your kidney specialist in Great Neck. 

Why visit a nutritionist?

Nutritionists, along with your kidney specialist in Great Neck, can help keep your kidneys healthy and slow down the progression of your CKD. In general, there are many benefits to seeing a nutritionist, such as:

  • Getting a personalized plan
  • Preventing diseases
  • Learning to live a healthier lifestyle
  • Learning new recipes and skills
  • Receiving constant motivation and support

When it comes to eating, it can be difficult to find the support you need other than from your kidney specialist in Great Neck. A nutritionist not only provides more support, but they also can improve your diet without you having to do all that research on what will work best for you and your kidneys. Even after all that research, it can be difficult to find new and exciting recipes to make eating seem less tedious. Sure, you found out that red bell peppers are good for your CKD, but how many recipes can you make with that? Your nutritionist will think for you, all you have to do is cook it!

Figuring out a diet for your chronic kidney disease can be overwhelming. While visiting your kidney specialist in Great Neck at PRINE Health, ask them about the benefits of visiting a nutritionist to increase the quality of your life and diet. 

Irwin Fletcher
Revolutionizing Kidney Care

PRINE Health is a newly developed kidney care group that is emphasizing revolutionizing the kidney care industry. We’re an independent nephrology-based SUPERGROUP infused with Primary Care, Care Management, and cutting-edge technology. Supported by a physician-owned managerial service organization (MSO), PRINE Health is providing value-oriented population health and traditional practice management services. Our team is focused on bringing together the elite members of the nephrology industry and kidney specialists in Long Island. For information on how you can contact PRINE Health, please visit our website here. Otherwise, please continue reading this article for more information on the group and our primary goals for the foreseeable future.

Our Vision

Revolutionizing the kidney care industry, PRINE is looking to create innovative treatment plans through a personalized, caregiving approach. By uniting the experts in the field, we’re looking to collectively bring together an association of patients and physicians who can help change the kidney care world for the better.

Our goals as an organization include the following:

  • Improve the quality of kidney care and give patients innovative treatment methods.
  • Give easy access to care by boosting the relationship between patient and physician. Thus, giving quality satisfaction for patient care.
  • Eliminate waste, redundancies, and inefficiencies.
  • Overall, makes kidney care a much more enjoyable experience; for the physician, care partners, and the patient!

In an ever-changing healthcare industry, the emphasis on kidney care has been somewhat lacking for several years. However, PRINE Health is looking to change this notion. Our kidney specialists in Long Island are able to work together as a collaboration; benefiting the local community and many more patients. The unfortunate truth is those complications such as chronic kidney disease have increased dramatically, as one in seven adults in the United States suffers from this condition. Our nephrology-based SUPERGROUP aims to dramatically lower this number, with the assistance of our partners and collaborators. Emphatic care management is essential for the success of our movement.

If you’re interested in joining our movement or have been searching for a kidney specialist in Long Island, contact PRINE Health today for further assistance.

Summary

Natural Remedies For Kidney Stones

Kidney stones, also known as renal lithiasis or nephrolithiasis, are formed inside of your kidneys and consist of salt and minerals. They can have several different causes, but normally begin to form when your urine becomes concentrated. When this occurs the minerals will begin to crystallize and start sticking together, forming the kidney stone. While passing a kidney stone can be severely painful, it shouldn’t cause too much damage as long as you seek early medical attention. You could also seek out some home remedies that may help treat your kidney stones or prevent it from recurring in the future.

It is important to keep in mind that if left untreated, you may need to seek the help of a kidney specialist in Freeport in regard to possible surgery!

Symptoms:

Kidney stones can go undetected until they begin to move around your ureter. The part of your body that connects your kidneys to the bladder. Once it begins moving around you may feel one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Pain that is located in your side and back
  • Radiating pain from your abdomen to your groin
  • Fluctuating pain throughout the day
  • Experiencing pain when using the bathroom
  • Discolored urine
    • Pink, red, brown
  • Cloudy or foul-smelling urine
  • Very frequent urination
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Urinating in small amounts
  • Fever or Chills
    • Only if there is an infection

Home Remedies:

Fortunately, prior to seeing a kidney specialist in Freeport, there are a few home remedies that you can try to help reduce your risk of kidney stones:

  • Always stay hydrated
  • Increase your intake of Citric Acid
    • By doing this you can prevent stone formation and/or stone enlargement
  • Try not to eat foods high in Oxalates
    • Oxalates can bind calcium and other minerals that form kidney stones
  • Try not to take high dosages of vitamin C
    • This is specifically for Vitamin C supplements
  • Make sure you’re getting enough Calcium
  • Reduce your salt intake
  • Add more Magnesium to your diet

When is it time to contact a kidney specialist in Freeport?

While it is never a bad thing to try out natural remedies, it is important to keep in mind that you might not always be able to treat kidney stones on your own. If you begin to experience severe pain in your lower abdomen or genitals, it is time to seek out the help of a doctor. In a not-too-serious case, a doctor may just inform you that you need fluid therapy and pain medications. On the other hand, if your kidney stones get stuck in your urinary tract or begin to cause damage, a doctor may need to schedule surgery as soon as possible.

If you or someone you know is suffering from Kidney Stones and would like to try out some natural treatments, make sure to consult with a doctor first! At PRINEhealth, we have a network of professional kidney specialists in Freeport, that can help guide you in the right direction when it comes to kidney stones. Contact us today!

Irwin Fletcher
PRINE Health Welcomes Dr. Lisa Berger

Dr. Berger formerly practiced at ProHEALTH in Lake Success and will be joining us in September 2019:

1129 Northern Boulevard, Suite 101
New York, United States 11030

Phone: (516)-365-5570

3 Warning Signs That You May Be Experiencing Kidney Failure

Your kidneys are vital to your health. It is crucial that you watch for early warning signs of issues or problems you may be experiencing that could lead to kidney failure.

What do the kidneys do in the body?

The primary function of your kidneys is to filter out the toxins built up in your body. If your kidneys begin to cease to function properly, it can lead to a plethora of health problems. It can ultimately lead to the need for dialysis.

Kidney function is measured by how well the kidneys remove toxins from the blood by using a measurement called the Glomerular Filtration Rate, or GFR. There are five stages of kidney functioning. Stage 1 denotes normal or high-functioning kidneys, whereas stage 5 is end-stage renal (kidney) failure. Each subsequent stage from 2 through 4 indicates a percentage of the decline in GFR.

It is important to know that the initial decline of kidney functions, or renal disease, is often silent. The best way to prevent kidney injury is to moderate changes in your overall health and always consult with a doctor if anything seems out of the norm.

Here are three signs that could indicate that you are beginning to experience a decline in kidney function.

1. Dizziness and Fatigue
One of the first possible signs of weakening kidneys is the experience of overall weakness in yourself and your overall health. This can include feelings of dizziness or fatigue due to a build-up of toxins in the blood. Oddly enough, another fatiguing disorder, anemia, can be linked to kidney problems. If you find that you are unusually tired, don’t panic. This can also be caused by stress, overwork, or other typical day-to-day issues. But if you are getting enough rest and still feel more fatigued than normal, especially if you are finding yourself dizzy, see your physician immediately. Tell her or him what you are experiencing and ask that he refer you to a Kidney Specialist (Nephrologist) to be on the safe side. It’s best if your General Practitioner (GP) works with a Kidney Specialist on a regular basis, so you get the best overall care.

2. Swelling (Edema)
Though there are several causes of swelling, if you are swelling in your legs, ankles, wrist, or even around your eyes, this could be a sign that your kidneys are not functioning properly. This is often caused by electrolyte or other nutritional abnormalities that affect the proper filtration capacity of the kidneys. Lower extremity swelling can be a sign of heart disease, kidney disease, or other forms of poor circulation.

3. Changes in urination
A third possible sign of beginning kidney injury is a change in urination. Things like changes in the amount of urine, foaming, pale or dark urine, or red coloring could be a warning sign that you may be experiencing a problem. Whether or not the problem is simply dehydration or the beginning of severe kidney dysfunction, your doctor or specialist in the field can determine the issues.
With the exception of some acute (or immediate) problems, including seeing blood in the urine or an inability to urinate, or such isolated conditions in pregnancy like pre-eclampsia, kidney failure often moves through the five stages slowly. Noticing changes, including these three signs, can alert you and your doctor of potential problems early where intervention can often slow or halt progression. Always remember to drink plenty of water to aid in the filtration process and contact your doctor if you begin to experience any of these signs.

If you are experiencing more than one of these symptoms, make an appointment with your GP and talk about your next best steps. You mustn’t wait to get this checked out. The earlier renal failure is detected the better the chances of staving off major problems. No one wants to get to the point where dialysis is needed. Not all GPs work hand in hand with doctors who understand the issues of kidney problems the way a doctor who specializes in the health of one’s kidneys does. Be sure that your doctors work together and communicate with you about your options and the best choices you can make. If you are experiencing renal failure, there will be changes to your diet and your lifestyle that must be made. You will need to talk to both your GP and your Nephrologist to create a best-practice plan for your health.

At PRINE Health, we have both general practitioners and Nephrologists on staff who will work together to create the best plan for you. Please contact us if you would like more information.

Do I Need A Primary Care Doctor To Work With My Kidney Specialist?

If you are experiencing issues related to kidney disease, you should be working with a specialist who knows your problems and deals directly with your particular needs. While that doctor is key to your health regarding your kidneys, that doesn’t mean that he or she should be your only medical practitioner. Nor should your primary doctor be the person who is solely in charge of your renal disease issues.

Too often, kidneys are overlooked in general practice. Issues can be mistaken or ignored. Too often, patients and their primary care providers can be unaware of renal problems. By failing to understand or recognize underlying kidney issues, a patient can be in stage 3 chronic kidney disease, which can quickly dwindle to stage 4 before it is caught and dealt with. In general practice, kidneys are often ignored not because of negligence but because of a lack of understanding and communication with a kidney health specialist.

How do doctors create a valid path between nephrology and primary care so that more patients can be helped more quickly before kidney disease (CKD) takes hold?

Communication must be set up between the primary care doctor and the nephrologist. A nephrologist doctor specializes in the diseases and conditions that affect the kidneys. Their job is to understand and treat chronic kidney disease, kidney infections, and, ultimately, kidney failure. The hope is to catch such ailments long before reaching the situation of kidney failure and the need for dialysis. When the primary care doctor works hand in hand with the nephrologist, the patient may be able to see a far better outcome regarding his or her kidney and overall health.

There is a shortage of nephrologists in the field, and thus having a primary care doctor who is savvy and better educated about the signs of renal issues, can help catch issues before they escalate. This is not an uncommon concept. Primary care doctors have become adept at diagnosing other diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. Collaborative care is the best hope for patients who need both the input of a specialist and the care of a primary physician who often knows the person’s medical history more intimately. Working together is the key to health success.

What is the best way to merge the care of a general practitioner and a kidney specialist when facing renal health issues?

The goal of any doctor is to create the best possible quality of life for his or her patients. Whether a specialist or a primary care doctor, information is the most critical factor. It is often difficult for doctors who are not working in the same practice to communicate effectively. However, we need to have these severe and intricate problem-solving conversations. The sooner a nephrologist is involved in the care of the patient-facing kidney disease, the better the chance for less stressful long-term outcomes. It will often fall upon the primary care doctor to help the patient make difficult lifestyle changes, including changes in eating habits and diet, stress management, exercise regimens, and even sleep habits. These doctors are often tasked to offer a form of psychological counseling about these difficult changes. The cross-over benefits for patients’ other diagnoses are well known.

In return, the family physician understands the importance of the guidance and planning the consulting nephrologist brings to the table as the expert on this pathology. They need to agree on the things that are of utmost importance for patients in both their care and help the patients they are working with, collaborating to succeed in making those necessary life changes. Together, they can motivate the patient to reach the best possible health outcome.

When a medical practice includes both primary physicians and nephrologists in the same environment, collaboration is far easier to achieve. Time may be of the essence with many patients. Having doctors who work well together and communicate easily is the best-case scenario when dealing with patients facing arduous treatments for kidney disease (CKD). This kind of communication between PCPs and specialists has proven track records of improved clinical outcomes when dealing with chronic illnesses. Too often, this collaboration doesn’t happen, so when it is part of the practice, the patient benefits exponentially.

PRINE Health has physical offices in the Manhasset and Hicksville, New York area that include both primary care doctors and nephrologists. They also offer telemedicine. If you’re seeking a nephrologist and primary care collaborative team, the professionals at PRINE Health would love to speak with you and assist you in your health success.

Irwin Fletcher
What Does A Nephrologist Do? And Why You May Need One.

A nephrologist is a physician who specializes in the field of nephrology.

Nephrology

Nephrology is a specialty of internal medicine that focuses on the management and treatment of kidney disease or kidney disorders.

The kidneys have several vital functions, including:

  • removing waste and excess fluid from the blood
  • maintaining your body’s electrolyte balance
  • releasing hormones with functions such as managing blood pressure

Nephrologist

Primary care physicians often work to help prevent the early stages of kidney disease. As the situation progresses, a primary care physician may refer you to a kidney specialist, or the nephrologist.

A Nephrologist has completed a 3-year residency in Internal Medicine and a specialty fellowship in nephrology that is typically at least 2 years. Some nephrologists have sub-specializations in areas of nephrology such as hypertension (high blood pressure), transplant, glomerular disorders (protein or blood in urine), or critical care medicine.

What Conditions Does A Nephrologist Treat?

  • protein or blood in the urine
  • chronic kidney disease
  • kidney stones
  • kidney infections
  • kidney swelling due to glomerulonephritis or interstitial nephritis
  • kidney cancer
  • polycystic kidney disease
  • renal artery stenosis
  • nephrotic syndrome
  • end-stage kidney disease
  • kidney failure, both acute and chronic

A nephrologist may also be involved in the management of the following common conditions:

  • high blood pressure
  • diabetes
  • heart disease
  • peripheral vascular disease

Types Of Tests A Nephrologist My Order

Blood tests

  • Serum creatinine. Creatinine is a waste product and is present at higher levels in the blood of people with kidney dysfunction. This is the single best routine blood test to screen for kidney problems.
  • Blood urea nitrogen (BUN). This is also a waste product related to a protein that is found in the blood and a sign of kidney dysfunction.
  • Glomerular filtration rate (GFR) – This test measures how well your kidneys are filtering your blood. GFR begins to decrease below normal levels in kidney disease.
  • Estimated Glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) – This is a test that uses other laboratory data to approximate the glomerular filtration rate. The eGFR relates to the severity of kidney dysfunction which is broken into Stages from Stage 1 to Stage 5.
Stage 1Stage 2Stage 3Stage 4Stage 5
eGFR in the normal range (greater than 90) with other signs of kidney damage, like protein in the urine or physical damage to the kidneyseGFR in the normal range (60-89) with other signs of kidney damage, like protein in the urine or physical damage to the kidneyseGFR 30-59, moderate kidney damageeGFR 15-29, severe kidney damageeGFR less than 15, the kidneys are close to failure or have already failed

Urine tests

  • Urinalysis. A simple urine test can help to reveal the presence of abnormal amounts of blood, glucose, or protein, or whether there may be an infection.
  • Albumin/creatinine ratio (ACR). This measures the amount of the protein, albumin in your urine. Albumin in the urine may be a sign of kidney dysfunction.
  • 24-hour urine collection for Creatinine Clearance. This method uses a special container to collect all of the urine that you produce during a 24-hour period to calculate the amount of creatinine that is cleared. This may provide a more accurate assessment of kidney function compared with the eGFR.

Procedures

In addition to reviewing and interpreting laboratory tests, a nephrologist may also perform or work with other specialists on the following procedures:

  • imaging tests of the kidneys, such as ultrasound (Renal Sonogram)
  • dialysis, including placement of the dialysis catheter or creation of a Fistula or Graft for dialysis use
  • kidney biopsies
  • kidney transplants

What Is The Difference Between Nephrologists And Urologists?

The fields of nephrology and urology share some overlap because they can both involve the kidneys. Nephrologists are the medical specialists of the kidney whereas Urologists are surgical specialists of the kidneys.  A Urologist also focuses on diseases and conditions that can affect the male and female urinary tracts such as the ureters, bladder, and urethra. A urologist also works with the male reproductive organs, such as the penis, testes, and prostate.

When To See A Nephrologist

Kidney disease is very common. About 1 in 7 Americans have kidney disease and it is estimated that 33% of the population is at risk. The risk factors for chronic kidney disease are:

  • diabetes
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • heart disease
  • obesity
  • a family history of kidney problems

Early stages of kidney disorders may not have any symptoms or may have nonspecific symptoms such as fatigue, sleep problems, and changes in urination. Regular testing can monitor your kidney function, particularly if you’re at risk for kidney disease. An abnormality in one of the tests above would often lead to a referral to a nephrologist. You may also seek the attention of a nephrologist if you have:

  • protein in your urine
  • recurring kidney stones
  • high blood pressure that’s more challenging to control
  • swelling in your legs
  • a rare or inherited cause of kidney disease

Conclusion

A nephrologist is a type of doctor who specializes in diseases and conditions that affect the kidneys. Nephrologists work to treat conditions such as chronic kidney disease and help delay the progression of kidney disease to end-stage kidney disease (requiring dialysis or transplant).

PRINE Health is a medical group with several nephrologists along with primary care and other complementary providers. If you need a Nephrologist, we are here to help. Contact us today!

Irwin Fletcher
The Importance Of A Primary Care Physician During The Early Stages Of CKD

Chronic kidney disease, or CKD, is known as the gradual loss of kidney use. The kidneys filter waste and liquids from your blood, which is then discharged into your urine. When CKD becomes more advanced, a dangerous amount of fluids can build up in the body. About 200,000 people a year are diagnosed in the U.S. with this disease. It can be detected through two simple tests, administered by your primary care physician (PCP), which benefits you. What many don’t realize is that your PCP can be a great help in detecting CKD and what the next steps may be for you!  

Benefits Of Visiting A Primary Care Physician: 

Early detection of CKD by your primary care physician calls for immediate action. He will lower your cardiovascular risk and will make an effort to slow the progression of CKD. There are 5 stages of chronic kidney disease. Any condition beyond Stage 3 should be monitored by a nephrologist as well. Some of the benefits of a primary care physician are listed below:

  • Open communication – Patients should be encouraged to discuss any changes in medication, comfort, urine 
  • Effective treatment – Although there is no treatment for CKD, your primary care physician can specify the direct cause of your individualized CKD condition and provide treatment. 
  • Stabilization of metabolism – Unfortunately, CKD affects more than just the kidneys and renal function. Your primary care physician can address and regulate any abnormalities in your metabolism.
  • Holistic approach – Your primary care physician will already be familiar with any other factors that could be affecting CKD. With a holistic approach, the medical group in Manhasset will form the best plan for you.

How Can A Primary Care Physician Help CKD?

During the early stages of CKD, it is crucial to work with your primary care physician to manage the disease. It has been found that co-management of this particular disease can help provide the highest-quality and safest treatment. With initial interference and a complete, integrative physician team approach, your primary care physician can help stay on top of the following:

  •  The stabilization of renal functions (this includes blood pressure and diabetes control as well)
  • Reducing risk factors like hypertension and hyperlipidemia 
  • Preventing Vitamin D levels from dropping
  • Lowering Lipids 
  • Smoking Cessation

Your PCP can also guide you through the testing procedure once you have been diagnosed. These tests can help determine how well your kidneys are actually functioning as well as which treatment will be best for you. These tests may include: 

  • Calculating your Glomerular Filtration Rate (GFR) – This test is specifically used to show how much kidney function you have. 
  • Perform an Ultrasound or CT Scan – Both tests are used to show the size of your kidneys, whether they are too small or too large, as well as a full picture of your kidneys and urinary tract. 
  • Perform a Kidney Biopsy – This can show any type of kidney disease and any damage that has occurred.

Why You Should Visit Our Offices On Long Island: 

Although there is no cure for chronic kidney disease, visiting a primary care physician early enough will help treat and lessen your symptoms, as well as slow the progression of this disease. At PRINE Health, we understand that chronic kidney disease is largely overlooked. This is why we have created a medical group consisting of both nephrologists and primary care physicians, to help treat the millions of Americans affected. Contact us today to receive the treatment plan perfect for you!

Irwin Fletcher
The Importance Of Kidney Care For Diabetics

If you have diabetes, taking care of your kidneys should be a top priority. Your kidney’s main function is to filter out and remove any waste and extra water from your blood. Diabetes is the most common cause of both kidney disease and kidney failure, due to the fact diabetes can lead to your kidneys no longer functioning. Speak with a professional at a medical group in Nassau County if you are concerned with how your diabetes could affect your kidneys. At PRINE Health we can provide you with the proper care and information to help you take care of as well as protect your kidneys.

How Diabetes Damages Your Kidneys:

Diabetes is characterized by high blood sugar, which means the kidneys have to work even harder to filter out the waste in your blood.  Your kidneys are overworked and damaged protein starts to leak into your urine. Soon after your blood pressure rises, waste builds up in the blood, and kidney function will continue to decrease until you reach kidney failure.  If there is no treatment before the kidneys reach kidney failure, a kidney transplant or regular dialysis will be needed to filter out your blood.

Symptoms of Kidney Disease:

Various signs point to kidney disease.  Here are some things to look for if you think you could have kidney damage:

  • High blood pressure
  • Blood test shows a poor estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) 
  • Urine tests show high protein levels
  • Urinating more often than normal
  • Swollen ankles
  • Weight gain
  • Decrease in appetite
  • Feeling weak

Ways to Treat Kidney Disease:

If you have diabetes and kidney damage, there are a few ways a medical group in Nassau County may suggest to help you treat your kidney damage or slow down its progression.  Here are some of those ways:

  • Lifestyle changes – Regular exercise and healthy eating habits can help manage your cholesterol, blood glucose, and blood pressure and help your kidneys not have to work too hard.  Lifestyle changes including eating less protein, salt, or fat, limiting alcohol consumption, and quitting smoking are also recommended.
  • Medication – Limiting the consumption of painkillers can help slow down kidney damage.  If you have diabetes your doctor might prescribe ACE Inhibitors or angiotensin receptor blockers to also help slow kidney damage and manage blood pressure.
  • Regular monitoring – Check your blood glucose often to keep your diabetes in check and also check your blood pressure often to make sure it isn’t too high.

How a medical group in Nassau County Can Help You:

If you are diabetic and need guidance on taking care of your kidneys, consider visiting a medical group in Nassau County.  At PRINE Health, there are plenty of experienced doctors who can answer questions, keep you informed, and help you take care of your kidneys to ensure that you are in the best health possible. Contact us for more information on how we can help you.

Irwin Fletcher
PRINE Health Nephrology Group Expands Further Beyond The Kidney

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JULY 1, 2020

PRINE Health
370 Old Country Rd. Suite 100
Garden City, NY 11530

[email protected]

PRINE Health Nephrology Group Expands Further Beyond The Kidney

Garden City, NY: Today, PRINE Health Nephrology expands its practice, with plans to launch two new divisions, PRINE Vascular and PRINE Podiatry. In September, PRINE is set to open a full-service Vascular Lab at Parker Jewish Institute in New Hyde Park, NY.  PRINE Health cares for a large kidney patient population, but the vascular initiative will not be limited to dialysis access. Due to the high incidence of peripheral vascular disease in this population, there will be an emphasis on PVD, wound care, and cutting-edge, interventional procedures. The new Chief of PRINE Vascular is Dr. Daniel Simon, a highly skilled Interventional Radiologist who was a past Co-Chief of Interventional Radiology at Northwell’s North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset. PRINE has also signed Dr. Robyn Joseph, a prominent local podiatrist, to become the Chief of PRINE Podiatry for this complementary division which is planned to go live in October.

PRINE Health is led by the former CEO of Beacon Health Partners, Dr. Simon Prince, a nephrologist with experience in population health and provider networks.  Dr. Prince said, “We are just getting going. Everyone at PRINE is excited about our new vascular and podiatry initiatives, as well as our potential to innovate and elevate the care we deliver to this often overlooked vulnerable patient population.”

ABOUT PRINE HEALTH

PRINE Health, with its tagline, Primary Nephrology is a unique, multispecialty medical group focused on chronic kidney disease. PRINE launched last year with the merger of 6 independent nephrology groups to become the largest independent nephrology group in New York. In addition to the nephrologists, interventional radiologists, and podiatrists, PRINE has brought in seasoned primary care physicians and is involved in multiple ongoing conversations with other complementary specialties. There are currently 9 office locations and 18 dialysis center affiliations in Long Island and Queens.

PRINE also has a management company (MSO) that is owned and governed by physicians. The MSO provides traditional practice management and population health services to the medical group. Over the last several months, PRINE has developed care management capabilities and several strategic relationships. PRINE has partnered with managed care payors and was recently selected by CMS to participate in a new value-based kidney care program, Kidney Care First in 2021.  Additionally, PRINE has partnered with the data scientists at pulse data to use predictive analytics and artificial intelligence on their growing patient population as efforts are being made to get ready to take risks in this complex, costly CKD/ESRD population.

To find out more about PRINE, visit www.prinehealth.com.

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PRINE Podiatry Coming Soon

People with chronic kidney disease have a high incidence of peripheral vascular disease. PRINE is looking to expand our offerings and provide more comprehensive care. To compliment our upcoming Vascular Division we are happy to announce that we are launching PRINE Podiatry this Fall.

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Do You Know That 1 In 3 CKD Patients May Have Peripheral Vascular Disease?

Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) also known as peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a slow and progressive disorder characterized by a narrowing, blockage, or spasms in blood vessels in the body. While PVD may affect any blood vessel outside of the heart, the distal extremities (legs and feet) are most commonly affected.

Population data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES 1999-2000) reported that 24% of persons with CKD stage 3 or greater (creatinine clearance of <60 mL/min) had peripheral arterial disease as objectively defined by an ankle-brachial index (ABI) <0.9. The use of the ABI as the key diagnostic criteria significantly increased prevalence rates to nearly 35%, especially in more advanced chronic kidney disease.

HOW IS PERIPHERAL VASCULAR DISEASE DIAGNOSED?

  • Ankle-brachial index (ABI). An ABI is a comparison of the blood pressure in the ankle with the blood pressure in the arm. To calculate the ABI, the systolic blood pressure (the top number of the blood pressure measurement) of the ankle is divided by the systolic blood pressure of the arm.
  • Doppler ultrasound. This uses high-frequency sound waves and a computer to create images of blood vessels, tissues, and organs. Your doctor may use the Doppler technique to measure and assess the flow of blood. Faintness or absence of sound may mean blood flow is blocked.
  • Angiogram. This is an X-ray of the arteries and veins to detect blockage or narrowing. This procedure involves inserting a thin, flexible tube into an artery in the leg and injecting a contrast dye. The contrast dye makes the arteries and veins visible on the X-ray.

WHAT ARE THE COMPLICATIONS OF PERIPHERAL ARTERIAL DISEASE?

  • Amputation (loss of a limb)
  • Poor wound healing
  • Restricted mobility due to pain or discomfort
  • Severe pain in the affected extremity
  • Stroke (3 times more likely in people with PVD)

HOW TO PREVENT PERIPHERAL VASCULAR DISEASE

  • Quit smoking, including avoidance of second-hand smoke and use of any tobacco products
  • Weight loss
  • Limiting or quitting alcohol intake
  • Medicine to reduce your risk for blood clots, as determined by your healthcare provider
  • Exercise 30 minutes or more daily
  • Control of diabetes, cholesterol, and high blood pressure

Once PVD is symptomatic there are more invasive treatments that may be indicated such as angioplasty or vascular surgery.

Due to the high prevalence of PVD in the CKD patient population, PRINE Health is launching PRINE Vascular. We have brought in a skilled interventional radiologist and seasoned Podiatrist. We are starting a sonogram program and will be screening patients in our offices with ABI measurements proactively. A new Vascular lab will be opening in September at Parker Jewish Institute.

Which Vitamins Are Best For People Dealing With Kidney Disease?

Vitamins are important for everyone. The human body functions best when in balance. The best way to achieve optimum health is through a balanced diet, but with our busy lives and often unhealthy eating habits, diet alone may not work for many people. This is especially true for people with chronic kidney disease (CKD), which is why good vitamins are important.

Our bodies need vitamins and minerals to help them with our most basic and critical bodily functions. It would be great if we could simply get everything we need from the foods we eat, but when that is not possible, vitamins will work to help your body repair tissue and get as much energy as possible from the foods you eat, so you maintain a healthier life. Vitamins and minerals are essential for the overall health of your body.

People suffering from kidney disease, especially those on dialysis, may not be getting enough of the daily vitamins needed to increase their health and assist with keeping CKD under as much control as possible. This can lead to issues such as skin lesions, fatigue, muscle weakness, and nerve pain.

When dealing with CKD, there may be a variety of reasons why a patient may not be able to get all the recommended vitamins needed. Some water-soluble vitamins will have more stringent requirements to work well with issues CKD may cause. Some kidney medicines may not play well with specific vitamins. If you have CKD, your waste products will likely build up and affect how vitamins react to your body. Your physician will likely make changes in your diet so you may not get some of the vitamins from certain foods no longer part of your day-to-day foods and eating habits will change based on how well you feel day-to-day. Some days your appetite may not be robust.

Vitamins that are typically recommended for CKD patients:

B1, B2, B6, B12, folic acid, niacin, pantothenic acid, and biotin, as well as some vitamin C, are essential vitamins for people with CKD. Vitamin C may be suggested in low doses as large doses can cause a buildup of oxalate. Oxalate can cause build-up in bones and soft tissue and can be painful over time.

You will often see B complex vitamins grouped together, but each of the B vitamins plays a different role. Pantothenic acid and niacin are part of the B complex group and are taken so that the food you eat can more easily be turned into the energy your body will need. B1, B2, B6, B12, and folic acid work in conjunction with iron, preventing you from becoming anemic. Your doctor will decide if you need to take iron and, if so, what dosage.

Vitamin C can help bruises heal faster, and your doctor will probably recommend adding this to your vitamin regimen. Vitamin D is also significant, especially in maintaining healthy bones. If you’re dealing with CKD, your doctor will recommend what type of vitamin D and dosage is needed.

You will likely need to avoid some vitamins if you have kidney disease. A, E, and K can cause nausea and dizziness at the very least if too much of these build up in your system over time.

What about herbal remedies and supplements?

It is best to avoid herbal remedies and supplements sold over the counter if you suffer from chronic kidney disease and are on dialysis. These remedies may cause issues when interacting you’re your doctor-prescribed medicines and may cause serious side effects. Always ask your doctor before taking any vitamin or supplement.

What is the best way to get the vitamins I need if I am dealing with CKD?

No one wants to take several pills every day. Filling pillboxes and remembering to take every vitamin needed to stay as healthy as possible can be cumbersome. Dealing with CKD is a challenge. If it is at all possible, you will be better off taking one vitamin formula that includes everything your body needs.

PRINE Health has created a formula called PRINE VITE, which includes vitamins B1, B2, B6, B 12, folic acid, niacin, pantothenic acid, and biotin, as well as a small dose of vitamin C. PRINE VITE also includes Vitamin D 1000 IU and a higher dosage of B1 which has been shown to decrease and potentially reserve early diabetic kidney disease. This formula also contains two herbs, Dandelion Extract, known for its anti-inflammatory, diuretic, and cholesterol-lowering effects, and Uva Ursi, which has a history of aiding the urinary tract and UTIs. This formula is also gluten-free and non-GMO.

For more information on PRIVE VITE, or if you seek the advice of a Nephrologist, visit us at https://prinehealth.com/

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Skip The Salt

Facts About Salt And Hypertension In The United States

High blood pressure (also known as hypertension) is associated with three leading causes of death, cardiovascular disease, stroke, and kidney disease. Hypertension is extremely prevalent around the world. About half of adults (45%) with uncontrolled hypertension have a blood pressure of 140/90 mm Hg or higher. This includes 37 million U.S. adults. In 2017, the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association published new guidelines for hypertension management and defined high hypertension as blood pressure at or above 130/80 mm Hg. Stage 2 hypertension is defined as blood pressure at or above 140/90 mm Hg.  One notorious contributor to hypertension is excessive dietary salt intake.

Blood Pressure CategorySystolic Blood PressureDiastolic Blood Pressure
  Normal<120 mm Hgand<80 mm Hg
  Elevated120-129 mm Hgand<80 mm Hg
Hypertension
  Stage 1130-139 mm Hgor80-89 mm Hg
  Stage 2≥140 mm Hgor≥90 mm Hg

Salt and Hypertension

Salt is perhaps the most popular flavoring added to food. Unfortunately, there is a downside. Too much salt can lead to fluid retention and worsen hypertension. How much is too much? Well, we need salt. We need about 500 mg per day. Americans consume much, much more than that. We take in on average closer to 3,500 mg, more than 7 times what is necessary. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans by the FDA advise we stick to a diet of fewer than 2,300 mg per day (about one teaspoon).

Salt is ubiquitous and added to all sorts of foods you consume on a daily basis. Moreover, the is often a salt shaker around to add even more. If you already have hypertension you are at risk for extra salt worsening your hypertension. So, when you can help it, skip the salt!  Learn more about High blood pressure.

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PRINE Health Selected By CMS For Kidney Care First Initiative

Kidney Care First Initiative – CMS

PRINE Health is happy to announce our preliminary acceptance by CMS to participate in the upcoming Kidney Care First program, a new offering from CMS – CMMI under the Kidney Care Choices initiative. This is a program that stems from the Executive Order, Advancing American Kidney Health, and championed by HHS. We will make a final decision in Fall 2020 as to whether we will participate in the first performance year which is set to kick off, on April 1, 2021. The start was initially set for January 1, 2021, but was delayed due to COVID-19.

PRINE is excited to partner with CMS and other managed care payors on value-based kidney care initiatives. We feel this important, high-cost, complex patient population has been overlooked for too long. There is a great deal we can do together to raise the level of care and improve alignment between payors, patients, providers, and other caregivers.

In the meantime, PRINE is investing in technology and care management resources to further prepare for value-based contracting with various strategic partners.

Irwin Fletcher
PRINE Health IPA Partners With Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield has entered into an agreement with the PRINE Health Medical Group and PRINE Health IPA. The contracts are based on our commitment to Value-Based Kidney Care with our shared mission to:

  • Increase Home Dialysis
  • Facilitate more Kidney Transplantations
  • Improve Quality ESRD Starts outside the hospital setting with AV Fistuals
  • Lower overall cost
  • Improving the quality of care and Quality of Life for the advanced chronic kidney disease patient.

We look forward to developing this relationship further as we continue to build our infrastructure and capabilities toward providing an even better level of care for this important patient population.

For Nephrologists and complimentary physicians who take part in the care of Chronic Kidney Disease patients, please contact us to learn more about joining the IPA.

Susan Baker
The Advances Of Telemedicine For CKD Patients

Over the last 12-24 months, we’ve seen legislatures and stakeholders in the Renal/Medical community place an increased emphasis on both telemedicine and home dialysis. As a result of the global pandemic, change and progress have been thrust upon patients and providers alike.

While the term ‘telemedicine’ sounds like an intimidating buzzword, all it means is an increased sense of safety and flexibility for patients, allowing them to be seen from the comfort of their own homes on a schedule that suits them best. No longer do patients have to worry about transportation to and from the doctor’s office, nor do they have to worry about additional safety measures from the virus. This is imperative for kidney failure patients who see a physician more often than other seniors. But we didn’t get here overnight. Below we will touch on milestones that laid the foundation for the rise of telemedicine for kidney disease patients.

Recent Events

One of the few objective successes of the President Trump era came in 2019 when he signed the Advancing American Kidney Health executive order, paving the way for an overhaul in the treatment process for end-stage renal disease patients. Not only did the President’s order shift resources towards Americans who have CKD and ESRD and how they’ll receive coverage from Medicare or Medicaid, but it also paved the way to make access easier for patients to receive organ transplants, telemedicine visits, and home dialysis.

In the United States, most patients receive dialysis for end-stage renal disease at a treatment facility, however, across the globe most patients receive their dialysis at home. However, there was a tangible shift in the last 12 months as a result of the pandemic

Home dialysis allowed patients to maintain safe social distancing protocols, while also allowing them to work from home and receive treatment on a schedule that best fits their needs. One of the top dialysis providers in the country reported a 25 percent increase in home dialysis training sessions in 2020 compared to the previous year, signaling that it could be the treatment option of the future.

Telemedicine also improves access to an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan for kidney disease patients in rural areas. Instead of requiring patients to drive multiple trips to a nearby hub where a provider and an accompanying dialysis treatment facility are located, now patients can schedule an appointment online, travel to a hub once to receive their access, and receive their treatment at home, allowing them to save time and money.

What the Future Holds

Home dialysis was undoubtedly a positive result for kidney disease patients, it wouldn’t be possible without telemedicine becoming more mainstream. By overcoming hurdles like ensuring that patients had access to the right technology, while also ensuring that HIPAA regulations were still being adhered to, there is an entirely new evolution in the way that physicians conduct instructional visits, and how patients receive care and treatment.

However, there are still obstacles to be overcome if telemedicine is going to be further streamlined into the mainstream of healthcare. For starters, high-speed internet access needs to be consistent across the board, otherwise, everything else is moot. Additionally, there needs to be somewhat of a regulatory overhaul in the way providers can practice across state lines. With the rise of telemedicine, we’re going to see a correlated rise in patients moving from their homes but still seeking treatment or diagnosis from a provider they are familiar with.

This is true with chronic illnesses such as kidney disease and diabetes, but also for mental illness and general counseling. With that reform, legislators and regulators should also consider the way that providers can prescribe medication via telemedicine and across certain state lines.

Conclusion

Regardless of whether it improves patient-to-provider dialogue and accessibility, or if it’s allowing one provider to relay previous findings to a specialist for a referral, the potential improvements that nephrology telemedicine has to the quality of life for healthcare patients are limitless. Because we’re only in the first few years of it becoming mainstream, the industry has only scratched the surface of the potential that telemedicine has.

Once insurance companies, regulators, and legislators get on board to make the process easier, experts expect to see telemedicine become the norm in both general practice and for specialists. If you have questions about how to transition to telemedicine or home dialysis, contact your nephrologist and ask them about the possibilities.

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Susan Baker is a contributing author on behalf of InsuranceFAQ.net. Susan has been a freelance writer for five years and covers a wide array of topics ranging from Medicare insurance regulations to autoimmune disease health and wellness.

Irwin Fletcher
PRINE Vascular Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 28, 2020

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PRINE Health launches PRINE Vascular and Welcomes Dr. Dan Simon

PRINE Health is excited to announce its arrival into the Outpatient Vascular Lab space with the launch of PRINE Vascular!

Adding Dr. Dan Simon–a nationally recognized expert in the treatment of vascular disease–allows PRINE Health to venture into the outpatient surgery field of medicine with a focus on treating Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD). This specific disease largely affects diabetic, hypertensive patients with known atherosclerosis. However, there is a strong albeit less well-known association with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). Studies show that up to one-third of patients with CKD may have underlying peripheral vascular disease. It is with that in mind that PRINE Health has moved forward with plans to create a unique vascular program with an emphasis on kidney patients. Thus, finding an expert on PAD treatment who has performed thousands of cases comes as a huge addition to the PRINE Health team.

Dr. Dan Simon, a board-certified interventional Radiologist, returns to New Hyde Park after having worked in various parts of the country (including Washington D.C., New Jersey, and California). Prior to getting into the outpatient field, Dr. Simon was co-chair of interventional Radiology at North Shore University Hospital (Northwell) in Manhasset, NY. As a native New Yorker, Dr. Simon is excited to return back home to Long Island with his wife and children.

“We are beyond thrilled to have Dr. Simon join us as Chief of PRINE Vascular as we kick off our first outpatient vascular lab,” said Dr. Simon Prince, CEO of PRINE Health. “We’re excited about the future. We believe our vascular ambitions complement our strategic focus on kidney care and will generate great value for our patients.”

PRINE Vascular Services:

  • PAD Treatment
  • Dialysis Access Management
  • Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE)
  • Kyphoplasty

All procedures are performed within the comfort of an outpatient setting, where patients can return home on the same day. Find out more at www.prinehealth.com/prine-vascular

ABOUT PRINE HEALTH

PRINE Health is a unique, multispecialty medical group focused on chronic kidney disease. PRINE launched last year with the merger of 6 independent nephrology groups to become the largest independent nephrology group in New York. In addition to the nephrologists, PRINE has added seasoned primary care physicians, podiatrists, and an interventional radiologist, and is involved in multiple ongoing conversations with other complementary specialties. There are currently 9 office locations and 18 dialysis center affiliations in Long Island and Queens.

PRINE also has a management company that is owned and governed by physicians. The MSO provides traditional practice management and population health services to the medical group. Over the last several months, PRINE has developed care management capabilities and several strategic relationships. PRINE has partnered with managed care payors and was recently selected by CMS to participate in a new value-based kidney care program, Kidney Care First in 2021.  Additionally, PRINE has partnered with data scientists to use predictive analytics and artificial intelligence on their growing patient population as efforts are being made to get ready to take risks in this complex, costly CKD/ESRD population.

To find out more about PRINE, visit www.prinehealth.com.