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Kidney Health – Non-cancerous

Kidney Health – Non-cancerous

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Kidney Health – Non-Cancerous

Your kidneys are small but mighty organs that play an essential role in keeping you healthy. Kidney Health includes the study and treatment of stone disease, as well as the use of minimally invasive surgery and its applications within the genitourinary system.

What Do the Kidneys Do?

The kidneys remove waste from your blood after digestion and exposure to chemicals, they balance water and minerals like sodium and potassium in your blood, they produce a substance (renin) that helps your body manage blood pressure, and they make a form of Vitamin D essential for bone health, among other functions.

Take Control of Your Kidney Health

Weill Cornell physicians can help you understand what causes kidney conditions, what types of problems they may cause, and options for nonsurgical as well as surgical management. When surgery is necessary, our expert kidney doctors in New York are proud to provide minimally invasive surgical techniques, including laparoscopy and robotic surgery.

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What Causes Kidney Disease?

Lack of blood flow to the kidneys, direct damage to the kidneys, and urine backing up into the kidneys can cause acute or chronic kidney disease. These problems can happen as a result of a traumatic injury, from severe dehydration, from a sepsis infection, from long standing blockage from an enlarged prostate, from complications during pregnancy (eclampsia and pre-eclampsia), or from certain drugs or toxins.

In the U.S., the two main causes of kidney failure are type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. Another common cause is glomerulonephritis, which damages the filtering units of the kidneys, called glomeruli; the cause of glomerulonephritis is unknown—it may be inherited or triggered by an infection.

Another common problem is that of kidney stones, which form when your urine is unable to dilute crystal-forming substances such as calcium, oxalate and uric acid. There are several different types of kidney stones, and the type helps determine the cause.

Who Is at Increased Risk for Kidney Disease?

  • Anyone with high blood pressure
  • Anyone with diabetes
  • Anyone who is obese (body mass index over 30)
  • Anyone with a family history of kidney failure
  • Anyone age 60 and older

Benign Lesions of the Adrenal Gland

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Hematuria (Blood in the urine)

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Kidney Stones

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Physicians & Faculty

Dr. Joseph Del Pizzo, M.D.

Joseph J. Del Pizzo

M.D.

212.746.5250
212.746.5250
AETNA [Medicare], AETNA-HMO, AETNA-PPO, Aetna-Weill Cornell POS, EBCBS HMO, EBCBS Mediblue, EBCBS PPO/EPO, Empire BCBS HealthPlus (CHP), Medicaid, Medicare, Rockefeller University-CoreSource, United Healthcare Commercial
The LeFrak Center for Robotic Surgery
Dr. Scott G. David, M.D.

Scott G. David

M.D.

646.962.9600
646.962.9600
Aetna-Weill Cornell POS, Affinity Access, Affinity Essential, Affinity Health Plan, EBCBS NYPH Employees Only, Empire BCBS HealthPlus, Empire BCBS HealthPlus (CHP), Fidelis Care, Health First, Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [Medicaid], Medicaid, Medicare, POMCO, Rockefeller University-CoreSource, VNSNY CHOICE Medicare, VNSNY CHOICE SelectHealth
Brady Urologic Health Center

Alfred Winkler

MD, MBA

(646) 962-9600
(646) 962-9600
AETNA [Medicare], AETNA-HMO, AETNA-PPO, Aetna-Weill Cornell POS, Affinity Access, Affinity Health Plan, Amida Care, Blue Priority Network, CIGNA, EBCBS HMO, EBCBS Mediblue, EBCBS Pathway X, EBCBS Pathway X Enhanced, EBCBS PPO/EPO, Emblem Select Care, Empire BCBS HealthPlus, Empire BCBS HealthPlus (CHP), Fidelis Care, GHI, Health First, Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP), Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [Medicaid], Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [Medicare], Medicaid, Medicare, Oxford Freedom, Oxford Health Plans [Liberty], Oxford Health Plans [Medicare], Oxford Health Plans [Metro/Core/Charter], POMCO, Rockefeller University-CoreSource, UHC Compass, UHC Medicare, United Empire Plan, United Health Care [Community Plan], United Healthcare Commercial, VNSNY CHOICE Medicare, VNSNY CHOICE SelectHealth
Weill Cornell Medicine Urology – Lower Manhattan
Dr. Halina White, M.D. | Cornell Urology

Kari White

NP

646.962.9600
646.962.9600
AETNA [Medicare], AETNA-HMO, AETNA-PPO, Aetna-Weill Cornell POS, Affinity Access, Affinity Essential, Affinity Health Plan, Blue Priority Network, CIGNA, EBCBS HMO, EBCBS Mediblue, EBCBS Pathway X, EBCBS Pathway X Enhanced, EBCBS PPO/EPO, Emblem Select Care, Empire BCBS HealthPlus, Empire BCBS HealthPlus (CHP), Fidelis Care, GHI, Health First, Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP), Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [Medicaid], Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [Medicare], Medicaid, Medicare, Oxford Freedom, Oxford Health Plans [Liberty], Oxford Health Plans [Metro/Core/Charter], POMCO, Rockefeller University-CoreSource, UHC Community Plan - Essential Plan, UHC Community Plan - Medicaid Plan, UHC Compass, UHC Compass-HMO, United Health Care [Community Plan], United Healthcare Commercial, VNSNY CHOICE Medicare, VNSNY CHOICE SelectHealth
Brady Urologic Health Center
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