The Division of Nephrology at Robert Wood Johnson Medical Group specializes in treating patients with chronic kidney disease to help keep their kidneys functioning and hopefully delay the need for dialysis. Our physicians also manage patients with hypertension and consult on all forms of medical kidney problems. When patients are facing the need for dialysis, they are frequently candidates for evaluation for kidney transplant as well. Those patients would be referred to the Kidney Transplant Program at Robert Wood Johnson Medical Group.
The nephrology staff cares for patients with acute renal failure or end-stage renal disease at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Dialysis Unit. The hemodialysis facilities include a nine-station, hospital-based unit that can accommodate approximately 60 adult and pediatric patients, and a 36-station outpatient unit that can accommodate 216 patients. Biocompatible membranes and a high quantity of dialytic clearance (Kt/V) are emphasized. The peritoneal dialysis facility has six full-time home training nurses and cares for about 130 home patients who are treated with Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis (CAPD) and Continuous Cyclic Peritoneal Dialysis (CCPD). The CCPD program is the largest in New Jersey and one of the largest in the United States.
Dialysis patients receive comprehensive end-stage renal disease care at the center. Vascular surgery (for hemodialysis access), general surgery for Tenckhoff catheter placement, and all other specialties and subspecialties are readily available. Social service and dietary support services are routinely provided.