Doctors Bust Your Most Common Robotic Surgery Myths

When patients hear they should have robotic surgery for urological or colorectal problems, some experience a fear of machines, others mistakenly think nothing can go wrong, and a few even believe — perhaps based on watching a few too many episodes of “Dr. Who” — that the robot will be making moves on its own, outside … Read More

Kidney Transplant: Life-Changing Care for Chronic Disease

Your kidneys are extraordinary organs. Each is no bigger than a clenched fist, but they purify your body’s entire 1.5-gallon blood supply multiple times a day, straining it through hundreds of thousands of tiny natural filters to extract waste via the urine they manufacture. Your kidneys also regulate your blood pressure, make hormones, and keep … Read More

Obesity Increases Your Risk for Chronic Kidney Disease

We all know that carrying around extra body fat isn’t good for us. But you may not realize that losing weight can help prevent kidney disease in otherwise-healthy people. Trimming down might also slow disease progression in people already diagnosed with chronic kidney disease, according to nephrologist Sankar Navaneethan, MD. “Obesity and being overweight are … Read More

Kidney Breakthroughs: A Visual History (Infographic)

Explore the breakthroughs that have shaped our knowledge of kidneys — including transplantation and the work of researchers to find effective ways to manage kidney donation. This timeline looks back on the last half century, as this year marks the 50th anniversary of Cleveland Clinic’s first kidney transplant.

The Amazing History of Kidney Treatment (Slideshow)

What has shaped our knowledge of kidney health and helped researchers find effective ways to manage chronic kidney disease? Innovation can be quirky — like the experimental use of a washing machine as a dialysis machine. This slideshow spans the century and explores how medical discoveries are found and developed — and how Cleveland Clinic … Read More

Kidney Donation Just Got Safer

Donating a kidney just got even safer. New requirements — in effect as of Feb. 1, 2013 — further protect people who are willing to be living kidney donors. Concerns about what happens to donors after donating their kidneys prompted the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS), which manages the transplant system, to establish new … Read More

The Dangers of Dieting With Kidney Disease

Call it a double-edged sword of obesity: You’re overweight and develop kidney disease, then diet, but do even more damage. That’s the finding of a new study that analyzed the nutritional and lifestyle habits of overweight people. Dr. Sankar Navaneethan is a nephrologist at Cleveland Clinic and led the study. He says high protein diets … Read More