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Cordele, GA 31015

Kidney function is important to your overall health and is critical to life itself. The kidneys perform a life-sustaining job of filtering and returning to the bloodstream approximately 200 quarts of fluid every day. About two quarts are removed from the body by urination, and the balance – about 198 quarts – is recovered and recycled.

The kidneys perform the following essential functions:

  • remove waste products from your body
  • remove drugs from the body
  • balance your body’s fluids
  • release hormones that regulate blood pressure
  • produce a form of vitamin D that promotes strong, healthy bones
  • stimulate the production of red blood cells

When kidney function is compromised, it can cause or contribute to other disorders throughout your body.

Nephrology is a specialty of medicine that studies normal kidney function, kidney problems, kidney problems, and replacement therapies (dialysis and kidney transplantation). Patients are usually referred to the nephrologist by their primary care physician to evaluate blood in the urine, excessive protein in the urine, or elevated levels of BUN (blood area nitrogen) or creatinine (a chemical waste product normally filtered and eliminated by healthy kidneys). Often, patients can modify their diet and lifestyles to manage kidney health issues or begin a prescription medicine to regulate and normalize certain levels. Some patients’ best option may be dialysis – an artificial process of eliminating waste (diffusion) and unwanted water (ultrafiltration) from the blood. Our kidneys do this naturally, but some may require dialysis because their kidneys may have failed or been damaged. Crisp Regional offers inpatient and outpatient dialysis. Should a patient’s condition warrant it, our nephrologist will refer him or her to a transplant center in Atlanta for evaluation and follow-up.


Our specialists provide a range of consultative, diagnostic, and treatment services for patients with kidney diseases. We evaluate, manage and treat a wide range of conditions, medical complications, and types of patients, including the following:

  • Acute kidney injury or failure
  • Anemia related to kidney disease
  • Bone disease related to kidney disease
  • Diabetic nephropathy
  • Fluid and electrolyte disorders
  • Glomerular disease
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • End-stage kidney disease
  • Hypertensive kidney disease
  • Kidney stones
  • Proteinuria
  • Referral management for kidney transplantation

Meet our Team

Srilatha Nadipineni, MD

  • Internal Medicine
  • /
  • Nephrology

Guido H. Ring, MD

  • Internal Medicine
  • /
  • Nephrology

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