Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Kidney Injury Treatment

The treatment for kidney injuries depends on the type and severity of injury. Minor bruises and lacerations to the kidney may heal without surgery. However, severe injuries require surgery.

Treatment for kidney injuries may include:

  • Cardiac monitoring
  • Blood pressure monitoring
  • Intravenous fluids
  • Narcotic pain medication:
    • For moderate to severe pain
    • For short term use only
  • Surgery for kidney injury:
    • Repair of injured kidney
    • Repair of blood vessels that supply the kidney
    • Removal of part of the kidney
    • Removal of the entire kidney

Kidney Injury Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after treatment for a kidney injury.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
    • Is surgery an option for me?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • Do I need to stay in the hospital?
    • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for having this injury again?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Kidney Injury Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat kidney injuries:

Continue to Kidney Injury Home Care

Last Updated: Dec 17, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Kidney Injury References
  1. Bagshaw SM, Bellomo R. Early diagnosis of acute kidney injury. Curr Opin Crit Care. 2007 Dec;13(6):638-44. [17975383]
  2. Sharples EJ. Acute kidney injury: stimulation of repair. Curr Opin Crit Care. 2007 Dec;13(6):652-5. [17975385]
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