Who is Nephrologist?
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
What are the qualifications of Nephrologists?
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:
- DNB - Nephrology
- Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine (Nephrology)
- FRCS - Nephrology
- MRCP (UK)
- Fellowship in Nephrology
- DM - Nephrology
- FRACP - Nephrology
- MNAMS - Nephrology
- FRCP - Nephrology
- PhD - Nephrology
How often should I visit 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.
Why should an individual consult a Nephrologist?
People who suffer from any of the following kidney diseases should consult a Nephrologist:
- Kidney failure
- Kidney injury
- Lobar nephronia
- Tubular necrosis
- Acute phosphate nephropathy
- Bartter syndrome
- Bladder rupture
- Byetta and renal failure
- Capillary leak syndrome
- Cold diuresis
- Down syndrome
- EAST syndrome
- Ectopic kidney
Apart from these diseases, there are many other kidney disorders and medical conditions for which an individual should consult a Nephrologist.
Is Nephrologist and Neurologist the same?
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.
Can Nephrologist treat kidney stones?
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.
Can Nephrologist cure kidney dysfunction?
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.
What surgeries can be performed by a Nephrologist?
Nephrologist performs minor procedures like dialysis, kidney biopsies, kidney transplants, and placement of dialysis catheters, etc.