Conditions and Treatments

Cedars-Sinai kidney patients receive treatment by caring specialists and surgeons whose training and broad-based experience have earned them reputations that span national and international medical arenas. They are supported by world-class immunology and virology experts as well as a compassionate staff of nurses, technicians and coordinators.

Treatments for all kidney-related conditions are available to Cedars-Sinai patients, including:

  • Chronic kidney disease. This develops when the kidneys no longer function fully to filter waste products and balance fluid and chemicals in the body. When 15% or more of kidney function is lost, the patient must undergo dialysis or consider kidney transplantation.
  • Diabetic nephropathy. High blood sugar levels associated with diabetes can cause kidney damage.
  • Acute renal failure. The kidneys may abruptly stop working from dehydration, blood loss from injury or surgery, or in reaction to certain medications.
  • Viral-related kidney disease
  • Kidney cancer. This includes transitional cell carcinoma (affecting the renal pelvis) and Wilms' tumor (a form of kidney cancer that attacks children).

Advanced transplant procedures include:

  • Deceased-donated kidney transplant
  • Living donor kidney transplant (from related or unrelated donors)
  • Simultaneous kidney-pancreas transplants for Type 1 diabetics suffering from chronic renal failure
  • Pancreas transplants for Type 1 diabetics who have already received a kidney transplant
  • Laparoscopic donor nephrectomy, minimally invasive surgery in which the living donor's kidney is removed through a small opening