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Internal Medicine Specialist Near Philadelphia

Condition: Kidney Disorders

The kidneys and renal system are essential for filtering waste and toxins out of your body, as well as regulating certain hormones, vitamins and minerals (including sodium, potassium, and Vitamin D) that are vital to your health. Kidney disorders can occur for a number of reasons, from diabetes to high blood pressure - but no matter the cause, allowing kidney disease to progress can put you or your loved one’s health at serious risk.

With lifestyle guidance and close monitoring by an experienced internal medicine specialist near you, kidney disease can be treated, helping to prevent the onset of kidney failure. As a Board-certified physician in internal medicine and having a Geriariatric Certification in addition, Dr. Gerard Miller’s concierge medical practice is focused on providing preventative care, helping to catch early signs of kidney disease before symptoms become severe. Dr. Miller is a highly-trained kidney disease specialist who can help you or your loved one monitor any existing kidney concerns.

Dr. Miller operates the only concierge practice in Havertown and has staff at Bryn Mawr Hospital. He is available to his patients 24/7, and his one-on-one approach allows him to see every patient, every visit, building a relationship based on time and trust. Are you or your loved one ready to receive personalized kidney care from one of the top geriatric doctors near you? Don’t wait. Schedule your first consultation with Dr. Miller today.


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Concierge Care for Kidney Disease

Kidney disease comes in a variety of forms, and each type has its own root causes and implications for you or your loved one’s kidney function. Regardless of which type you’re struggling with, kidney disease affects your ability to process waste, resulting in toxins being held in the bloodstream and ultimately leading to kidney failure if left untreated.

The most common kidney conditions Dr. Miller treats at his practice include:

  • Chronic kidney disease: The most common form of kidney disease, commonly caused by high blood pressure or diabetes. Chronic kidney disease occurs over a long period of time, and once damage has been done, it is impossible to reverse.
  • Polycystic kidney disease: While kidney cysts are common and generally benign, polycystic kidney disease can cause a large number of them to grow on the kidneys, which hinders their function and can cause kidney failure. Polycystic kidney disease is genetic and cannot be contracted.
  • Kidney stones: Kidney stones can develop when certain substances you or your loved one’s blood crystalize, creating masses known as stones. Kidney stones can be passed during urination, and while the process can be painful and should be monitored by a physician like Dr. Miller, there are rarely long-term consequences.
  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs): Any bacterial infection in the urinary system -- particularly in the bladder to the urethra -- is known as a UTI. While UTIs are very common and easily treatable, it’s important to receive that treatment as quickly as possible, as such infections can spread to the kidneys and result in kidney disease.

Once the kidneys can no longer perform their function of filtering waste, a patient may need to go on dialysis, which performs this function for them. In serious cases, a kidney transplant may be necessary to restore you or your loved one’s quality of life.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the common symptoms of kidney disease?

Many patients who have kidney trouble don’t notice their symptoms until they become severe, but Dr. Miller’s focus in preventative care gives him the expertise to see early warning signs such as:

  • Cramping muscles
  • Frequent urination
  • Swollen feet, ankles and eyes
  • Affected appetite, concentration and sleeping patterns
  • Dry skin
  • Chronic fatigue

More severe symptoms include nausea, visible changes in urine, and significant loss of appetite. This can signify that the kidneys are headed towards failure, and medical care should be received immediately.

What are the risk factors?

If any of the following factors apply to you, you or your loved one may be at a higher risk than others for developing kidney disease:

  • You have high blood pressure
  • You have diabetes
  • You have a family history of chronic kidney disease
  • You're over the age of 50

How can I prevent kidney disease?

While kidney disease can be treated with medication, lifestyle changes are also an important element of keeping your kidneys healthy. Dr. Miller can guide you in the following:

  • Keeping blood pressure and blood sugar regulated with medication, insulin or dietary changes
  • Maintaining a heart-healthy diet that is low in cholesterol and salt
  • Limiting alcohol consumption and quitting smoking
  • Increasing physical activity

How can I get started with the best concierge internal medicine doctors near me?

Dr. Miller makes it easy for patients and their families to get started with his concierge practice. Contact our office to discuss pricing options, any questions you may have, and to schedule your first appointment whenever you’re ready.