Nephrology concerns itself with the diagnosis and treatment of kidney diseases including electrolyte disturbances and hypertension, and the care of those requiring renal replacement therapy, including dialysis and renal transplant patients. Many diseases affecting the kidney are not limited to the organ itself, but are systemic disorders, and may require not only a whole patient approach, but also special treatment, such as systemic vasculitides or other autoimmune diseases, such as lupus.
The Department of Nephrology of Lazarus Hospital provides a wide range of medical services such as:
The nephrologists are involved in taking care of kidney diseases. Patient might have symptoms of blood in urine, loin pain, burning sensation while passing urine and, swelling in the legs or difficulty in passing urine for which they consult the nephrologist. Sometimes patients are referred to nephrologist by primary care physicians for abnormalities detected in urine, medical checkups and laboratory investigations.
In this specialty clinic, patients with high blood pressure are investigated and treated. The emphasis is on compliance with medications and work-up of patients so that treatable causes are detected early. A state-of-the-art blood pressure monitoring equipment compliments the unit.
Kidney Stone Programme
The nephrologist works in tandem with the urologist so that each episode of renal stone is worked up and treated accordingly. The thrust of this sub-specialty clinic is on the prevention and medical management of kidney stones.
Renal Replacement Therapies
The modalities available at Lazarus Hospital are:
Dialysis is done using the peritoneal membrane of the patient. The modalities available are:
Automated Peritoneal Dialysis
Manual Peritoneal Dialysis
Intermittent Peritoneal Dialysis
Here blood is purified through the dialysis machine and a special external filtering unit. Usually patients with end stage kidney disease require maintenance dialysis three times a week.
Varma Vegesna, Managing Director, Lazarus Hospital
World Kidney Day 2011 hosted in Lazarus Hospital,