Associates In Kidney Disease (AKDH) is a prestigious nephrology specialty practice in Edison, NJ focusing on the care of adult patients (18+) with all forms of kidney disease as well as the management of hypertension. Since its establishment in 2005 by Dr. Samir Sutaria, AKDH has been committed to providing exceptional, top notch, quality care with compassion to all of our patients who suffer from chronic kidney disease & hypertension. In addition, our practice also focuses on managing patients who have received a kidney or kidney/pancreas transplant.
Our practice consists of nephrology consultative service at JFK Hospital - Edison, NJ, Overlook Hospital - Summit, NJ & Robert Wood Johnson at Rahway - Rahway, NJ where we treat kidney disease and hypertension in the hospital setting, including intensive care patients. In addition, we diagnose and treat many patients on an outpatient basis at our main office in Edison, NJ. We also supervise and conduct dialysis treatments at many local dialysis units in the central NJ area.
We are proud to provide high-quality care for patients with diabetes related kidney disease, hypertension (high blood pressure), hypertensive kidney disease, glomeruonephritis, protein in the urine, blood in the urine, electrolyte/mineral imbalances, & swelling (edema). In addition, our doctors are specialists in the management of hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. Infact, our doctors manage and supervise well over 600 dialysis treatments every month !!.
All of our physicians are board certified in both internal medicine and nephrology. Our doctors have published many abstracts/articles in well-renowned journals and also participate in the teaching of junior physicians in training at various hospitals in the area.
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) means that the kidneys have been damaged by conditions or diseases, such as diabetes or high blood pressure and this usually occurs gradually, over months to years. As a result of this, the kidneys become less able to do certain important things such as remove wastes and extra fluid from the body, control blood pressure, maintain correct balance of electrolytes/minerals, and prevent anemia.
Some symptoms of chronic kidney disease may be fatigue with decreased energy, loss of appetite, difficulty sleeping, mental changes such as inability to concentrate, headaches, edema-swelling of the face, feet, ankles, puffiness around eyes, especially in the morning, increased frequency in urination.
There are many reasons why kidneys fail. The two major causes of chronic kidney disease are diabetes and hypertension. Some kidney diseases are inherited, while others are caused by pre-existing health conditions. Our main goal at AKDH is to help improve or delay the progression of kidney disease over time all the while maintaing a quality of life. This is best accomplished by managing the risk factors that are associated with a faster progression of kidney failure. Some of the treatment options for kidney disease include a combination of particular, select healthy diets, exercise, and medications. Medications may be used to help improve electrolyte levels (sodium, potassium, calcium, phosphorus), swelling of various parts of the body (edema), anemia, as well as bone disease. If kidney function does become severely impaired, some patients may require the assistance of dialysis or a kidney transplant to help maintain good health.