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Carlos Mendez

Nephrologist (Kidney Specialist)

Dr. Carlos Mendez is a top Nephrologist (Kidney Specialist) in Naples, . With a passion for the field and an unwavering commitment to their specialty, Dr. Carlos Mendez is an expert in changing the lives of their patients for the better. Through their designated cause and expertise in the field, Dr. Carlos Mendez is a prime example of a true leader in healthcare. As a leader and expert in their field, Dr. Carlos Mendez is passionate about enhancing patient quality of life. They embody the values of communication, safety, and trust when dealing directly with patients. In Naples, FL, Dr. Carlos Mendez is a true asset to their field and dedicated to the profession of medicine.
Carlos Mendez
  • Naples, FL
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What is the affect of hypertension on kidneys?

Hypertension and diabetes are the top two causes of chronic kidney disease in the USA. Both are conditions that need to be well controlled in order to avoid damage to the kidneys. READ MORE
Hypertension and diabetes are the top two causes of chronic kidney disease in the USA. Both are conditions that need to be well controlled in order to avoid damage to the kidneys. If a patient has uncontrolled hypertension, they should see a nephrologist to determine the cause and get the proper treatment.

How many times a week do you have to undergo dialysis?

In center hemodialysis is usually done three times a week for about 4 hours each session. It is not painful but can be uncomfortable as patients are in a recliner and unable to READ MORE
In center hemodialysis is usually done three times a week for about 4 hours each session.
It is not painful but can be uncomfortable as patients are in a recliner and unable to get up and walk around while having the treatment.

When is dialysis actually required?

Patients can decline very quickly. It is best to be prepared by getting with a ckd educator at your chosen dialysis clinic to learn about all options available. When your gfr starts READ MORE
Patients can decline very quickly. It is best to be prepared by getting with a ckd educator at your chosen dialysis clinic to learn about all options available. When your gfr starts to get below 20, most nephrologist like to send the patient to have a fistula placed. Fístulas can take 3-4 months to be healed and patent/ready for use. Therefor this shouldn’t be delayed. When a patient drops to a gfr if 15 or below and starts to have symptoms such as tremors, metallic taste in mouth, or confusion, it is inevitable and will likely become an emergency. It’s always better to start when it’s not an emergency.

What is the impact high blood pressure can have on my renal function?

The top 2 causes of kidney damage are hypertension and diabetes. If these two conditions are well controlled, further damage to the kidneys can be prevented.

About kidney transplant life span

There are many factors that come into play with a donor Kidney. Factors such as rejection, compliance, and the health of the recipient. Therefore it’s difficult to put a lifespan READ MORE
There are many factors that come into play with a donor Kidney. Factors such as rejection, compliance, and the health of the recipient. Therefore it’s difficult to put a lifespan on a donated kidney.

Is there a way to prevent diabetic nephropathy?

Get your diabetes under good control.

Is there a sign to look out for to detect kidney disease early?

See your primary care physician regularly. Speak to them about your family history and concerns. They can evaluate you to see if you need to be under the care of a Nephrologist. READ MORE
See your primary care physician regularly. Speak to them about your family history and concerns. They can evaluate you to see if you need to be under the care of a Nephrologist.

My kidney function is worsening. Can it be stopped?

Renal diets need to be prescribed by your Nephrologist taking into account your current lab analysis.

How is protein loss compensated in a kidney disease patient?

Controlling high blood pressure is key. Also eating a healthy diet.

Can dialysis improve my mother's quality of life?

You need to meet with a CKD educator at your local dialysis center. This can be arranged by your Nephrologist. Also a great source of reference is the National Kidney Foundation. READ MORE
You need to meet with a CKD educator at your local dialysis center. This can be arranged by your Nephrologist. Also a great source of reference is the National Kidney Foundation. Dialysis is not known to harm quality of life. It’s a small time commitment with a big trade off. Your life.

My mother is a CKD patient and her urine output is decreasing. What could this mean?

It means you need to take her to see her Nephrologist for proper evaluation and staging of her CKD.