Kidney Disease And

Your kidneys are two bean-shaped organs that reside near your back muscles in the upper abdomen. Their primary role is to filter waste products from your blood that will then be excreted through the urine. The kidneys also help to control various vital body functions, such as controlling the production of red blood cells that carry oxygen to your tissues and the production and regulation of several important hormones and enzymes.

Kidney Disease
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is characterized by the gradual loss of kidney function over time. Ultimately, this may lead to complete kidney failure if the condition is not identified and treated at an early stage. According to the National Institutes of Health, more than 20 million U.S. adults age 20 and over have CKD.
Kidney Cancer
When cells in the kidneys grow at an unusually rapid rate, they can form tumors that may be cancerous. An estimated 62,000 new cases of kidney cancer will occur each year, and more than 14,000 people will die from the disease in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society.
Kidney Transplant
The kidneys, located against your back muscles in the upper-abdominal region, are each about the size of a human fist and are responsible for filtering waste out of the blood and regulating the body’s balance of fluids. When the kidneys are damaged by disease to the point where they cease to function, a transplant is usually recommended. Kidney transplants are among the most common type of transplant in the United States. 


Our physicians at Houston Methodist specialize in managing kidney disease and cancer at the following convenient locations: