A nephrologist is a medical doctor who specializes in kidney care and treating diseases of the kidneys. The term nephrologist comes from the Greek word “nephros”, which means kidney or renal and “ologist” refers to someone who studies. Dr. Amit Gupta is a renowned Nephrologist, based in Lucknow having extensive 35+ years of experience. His expertise lies in Kidney Transplant, Clinical Nephrology, Amyloidosis, management of Diabetic kidney disorder, Electrolyte disorders, Glomerulonephritis, Hypertension, Kidney disease, etc.
Dr. Gupta was the Former President of the Indian Society of Nephrology and of Peritoneal Dialysis Society Of India. He established The Largest CAPD Program in India & South Asia at SGPGI. Under his credit, there are more than 200+ national and international publications and he is actively invited as a guest speaker in scientific meetings, CDE's and worldwide conferences to talk about Kidney Transplants. Dr. Gupta is a Consultant at Apollo Hospital, Lucknow.
What does a nephrologist do?
A nephrologist generally sees patients who are referred by their primary care physicians or general physicians for problems related to the kidneys, high blood pressure or certain types of metabolic disorders. If someone feels they are having problems with their kidneys, they can seek out the care of a nephrologist. When a kidney doctor first meets with a patient, he or she will usually go over the patient’s medical history and do a complete physical.
A nephrologist will then do blood and urine tests to determine how well the patient’s kidneys are functioning. He or she may also order a kidney ultrasound. When necessary, a nephrologist may perform a kidney biopsy in order to better determine what is wrong with the kidneys. However, a nephrologist is not a surgeon and typically does not perform operations. Treatment of kidney cancer, prostate operations and removal of kidney stones are usually handled by a different type of physician known as a urologist.
Who treats a kidney stone urologist or nephrologist?
A nephrologist is a doctor that specializes in addressing and treating kidney issues. They can help diagnose kidney problems such as kidney infection, kidney disease, kidney stones, and more. Additionally, they work with people who have high blood pressure, also known as hypertension. Because your kidneys are responsible for filtering your blood, they can be greatly impacted by high blood pressure. In turn, your blood pressure can be negatively affected by damaged kidneys.
A urologist is a doctor that specializes in the urinary tract system and male reproductive organs. The urinary tract includes your kidneys, so there is some overlap between what nephrologists and urologists do. However, urologists deal with much more than kidney-related issues. While they can help with kidney stones and kidney cancer, they also treat conditions such as bladder/urinary trouble, prostate conditions, erectile dysfunction, UTIs, and more. They can perform vasectomies as well.
What are the typical symptoms of a kidney-related disease?
Usually, someone with kidney failure will have a few symptoms of the disease. Sometimes no symptoms are present. Possible symptoms include:
- A reduced amount of urine
- Swelling of your legs, ankles, and feet from retention of fluids caused by the failure of the kidneys to eliminate water waste
- Unexplained shortness of breath
- Excessive drowsiness or fatigue
- Persistent nausea
- Pain or pressure in your chest
Are there any associated side effects after kidney surgery?
Complications of the procedure:
Kidney transplant surgery carries a risk of significant complications, including:
- Blood clots and bleeding
- Leaking from or blockage of the tube (ureter) that links the kidney to the bladder
- Failure or rejection of the donated kidney
- An infection or cancer that can be transmitted with the donated kidney
- Death, heart attack and stroke
What is the best way to stay healthy?
Finding and treating infections as early as possible is the best way to keep you and your transplanted kidney healthy. Exposure to diseases such as the flu or pneumonia can make you very sick. Receiving vaccines as determined by your transplant team can help you stay healthy. It is also important to frequently wash your hands or use an antimicrobial gel during cold and flu season.