Alternative Treatments for Kidney Disease and Diabetes

If you are not eligible for kidney or pancreas transplantation, the transplant team works with other UPMC specialists to provide alternative medical treatments.

Alternative treatment options for people with kidney disease or diabetes can include:

  • Medical management
  • Dietary and exercise planning
  • Initiation of dialysis

The UPMC Renal-Electrolyte Division and the Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute offer convenient access to the most advanced methods of evaluation and medical management of acute or chronic kidney disease.

To ensure optimal continuity of patient care, our transplant team also collaborates with referring physicians. We continually update them about their patient's condition and help provide a tailored treatment plan.

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