Macon Medical Group is happy to provide multiple ancillary services in our office. Our diagnostic services include our In-House Laboratory and Ultrasound. Therapeutic services consist of Nutritional Counseling, Kidney Smart Classes and Iron or Anemia Management.
In-office ancillary services provide more rapid diagnoses with quicker initiation of treatment during patients’ office visits. This helps to improve care coordination and enhances patients’ convenience. It also encourage patients to comply with their physicians treatment recommendations.
Our In-House Laboratory is full functioning to provide our patients with same day results from routine lab work such as venipuncture and urinalysis.
Ultrasounds are a great way for your Physician to have a detailed report of . Ultrasounds are completed on Thursday mornings each week.
KIDNEY DISEASE EDUCATION CLASSES
Kidney Disease Education Classes are for patients with Stage 4 Chronic Kidney Disease (GFR from 15-29) and their families. Kidney Disease Education classes are taught by Dr. Singanamala. They are small classes (up to four patients) and are completed over six sessions. Our sessions are typically held on Friday mornings.
The sessions will explore all things CKD (Chronic Kidney Disease) and options for treatment. Topics include: What You Need to Know About CKD, What You Can Do About CKD, Choosing Transplantation, Choosing Dialysis, “Choosing No Treatment”, Living with Your Choices and many more.
Nutritional Counseling is offered on Thursday afternoons with a Registered Dietician, Vince Golden. Vince will help you to set weight loss goals and assist in healthier eating habits. Vince has extensive knowledge regarding those suffering from Chronic Kidney Disease and is readily available to answer any questions that you may have.
American Kidney Fund: http://www.kidneyfund.org/kidney-disease/kidney-friendly-diet-ckd/
IRON & ANEMIA MANAGEMENT
Management of Iron and Anemia is scheduled for Friday mornings and is prescribed to those with lower than normal red blood cells. Therapy is used to stimulate bone marrow to make more red blood cells. Having more red blood cells raises your hemoglobin to decrease the chances of needing red blood cell transfusions.
KIDNEY SMART CLASSES
Kidney Smart classes, led by a Registered Dietician and a Clinical Social Worker, are held weekly. Routinely for patients with Stage 4 and Stage 5 Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), this class will help provide you with a better understanding of your CKD. In this class, you will learn what CKD is and how to better care for yourself. Some topics covered are kidney-friendly diet, quitting smoking, getting regular exercise and following your doctor’s recommendations about medications and other therapies. You will also explore the Stages of CKD and their related signs and symptoms. Dialysis treatment options will also be discussed in detail.
Please feel free to bring a friend or family member to the class with you.