Who is a Nephrologist?
Can you tell the difference between a nephrologist and a urologist? Are you confused about who to turn to when you have problems with your kidney? Read on to know who a nephrologist is, and what conditions they treat.
A nephrologist is a medical doctor that deals with the treatment and diseases of the kidney. They are a doctor that is expert in caring for your kidney. Your kidneys are part of your urinary system, and they work as filters to your blood, and they also remove waste and excess water in your body through urine.
If you notice signs and symptoms of any kidney disease or problems, you can consult Doral Health and Wellness and consult the best nephrologists in East New York.
You all have two kidneys, located below your ribcage, on either side of your spine. Your kidneys have vital functions to help maintain your body’s optimal health, which include:
- Removing your blood’s waste and excess fluid
- They help maintain the electrolyte balance of your body
- They also release hormones that manage blood pressure
Nephrologist will help you diagnose and treat the following conditions:
- Chronic kidney disease
- End-stage renal failure
- Kidney stones, a urologist can also treat this condition
- Kidney infections
- Kidney cancer
- Hemolytic uremic syndrome
- Polycystic kidney disease
- Kidney swelling due to interstitial nephritis
- Toxic overdoses that require dialysis
- Blood or protein in the urine
They can also be involved in treating other diseases that can cause kidney disease, such as:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Autoimmune diseases, such as lupus
- Other medications
The difference between a nephrologist and a urologist can be very confusing because their areas of expertise overlap. To differentiate, remember that a nephrologist specializes in all conditions affecting the kidney or kidney function. While a urologist is a doctor that specializes in diagnosing and treating all conditions concerning the urinary system, including your bladder, urethra, ureters, and kidneys. They also treat conditions affecting the male and female reproductive systems. Another distinction is that a urologist has surgical training. So, they can take care of kidney diseases that may need intervention or surgery. A nephrologist doesn’t do surgery.
During your visit, a nephrologist will need to look over your medical records to know your medical history. They may also need to ask you about your symptoms and perform some needed physical examination and other laboratory tests.
Receiving any kidney disease diagnosis can be very scary and sad. Talk to your medical provider about your treatment and to better understand your situation. At Doral Health and Wellness Urology Center, our team of urologists will work with you in managing your disease and your quality of life. To schedule an appointment, please visit us at 1797 Pitkin Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11212, or call 1-347-384-5690.