Nephrologists are the medical doctors who are specialized & well trained in diagnosing and treating the medical conditions, diseases & disorders related to kidneys. A medicinal branch that deals with diagnosis and treatment of kidney diseases is called Nephrology. Nephrologists are also known as Renal specialists
A 5-year medical degree [MBBS] that is recognized by the General Medical Council and a 2-year foundation course of general training are the basic requirements for an individual to be a doctor. However, following are the specialties or extra qualifications required to be a Nephrologist:
Healthy individuals can visit a Nephrologist once in 2 years to check the health condition of his/her kidneys. However, patients with kidney disease should visit a Nephrologist once every 6-8 months or as directed by the doctor.
People who suffer from any of the following kidney diseases should consult a Nephrologist:
Apart from these diseases, there are many other kidney disorders and medical conditions for which an individual should consult a Nephrologist.
No, Nephrologists are the one who diagnose and treat a wide range of kidney diseases, and Neurologists are specialized doctors who treat medical conditions and disorders related to the brain, spinal cord, and nerves.
Generally, kidney stones can be diagnosed and treated by a Urologist who is well trained and specialized in Urology. However, one can be referred to a Nephrologist for a better understanding of the underlying kidney disease.
Yes, Nephrologists can diagnose and treat kidney dysfunction through lifestyle modifications and medications. Patients with kidney dysfunction should visit Nephrologist as instructed and must follow all the guidelines.
Nephrologist performs minor procedures like dialysis, kidney biopsies, kidney transplants, and placement of dialysis catheters, etc.