Do you know the difference between a nephrologist and a urologist? While they can both treat kidney-related problems, they are two medical providers that belongs to different specialized field. Understanding the two can help you decide which one is best suited for your medical needs.

Urologists and what they treat

A urologist specializes in diagnosing, treating, and managing diseases of the urinary tract system, including the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. Although many urologists specialize in surgical procedures, they are also experts in other conditions and disorders of the genitourinary system (the organs of the male reproductive and urinary system), such as difficulty in holding urine, tumors, cysts, or stones in the urinary system.

 

Areas that can be treated by urologists include:

· Urethra

· Bladder

· Ureters

· Kidneys

· Adrenal glands

· Testes

· Prostate

· Seminal vesicles

· Vas deferens

· Epididymis

 

Common conditions that are treatable by urologists include:

· Urinary tract infections (UTIs)

· Difficult urination

· Urinary incontinence

· Bladder or kidney stones that affects the urinary tract

· Erectile dysfunction

· Male fertility

· Low testosterone

· Enlarged prostate

· Certain cancers related to the urinary tract and male reproductive system

Nephrologist and what they treat

 

Nephrologist specializes in diagnosing and treating diseases that affect the kidneys and its functions. They help prevent conditions and diseases related to the kidneys. They can also treat other medical conditions, like heart disease, if that condition is linked to the kidneys. There are

also specific services that are offered by some nephrologists, including kidney transplants and dialysis needs.

 

Nephrologists trat a variety of health issues which includes:

· Chronic kidney diseases

· Kidney infections

· Renal Failure

· Renal artery stenosis

· Polycystic kidney disease

· Diabetes

· Dialysis treatments

· Kidney transplant treatment

 

Choosing between a nephrologist and urologist can be a little bit confusing. So to summarize, nephrologists specifically focuses only on the kidney and its ability to function, its diseases and problems. While a urologist treats conditions of the urinary tract including those that are affected by the kidneys, and those that make up the male reproductive system. Their specialties often overlap and you may need to see both for the same condition, as they work together to coordinate medical care for some patient.

If you are experiencing issues relating to your kidney function, you can visit Doral Health and Wellness to schedule an appointment. Our team at Doral Health and Wellness is dedicated in providing quality care to patients. To book an appointment, you can visit or call us directly at 718-DORAL-55.