Nephrology is 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 for conditions such as systemic vasculitides or other autoimmune diseases, such as lupus.
The nephrology department provides a wide range of medical services including:
Patients with symptoms such as blood in urine, groin pain, burning sensation while passing urine, swelling in the legs or difficulty in passing urine should consult a nephrologist. Sometimes patients are referred to a nephrologist by primary care physicians for abnormalities detected in their urine, medical check-ups and laboratory investigations.
In this special 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.
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. The Dialysis Unit at Ladnan Hospital is open 6 days a week but available during emergencies at all times. The unit has two nephrologist who provide comprehensive care to the patients.
This is done as an outpatient procedure with a 23-hour observation period.
Care of Transplant Patients (Donor Workup)
Patients who have transplants are followed up as an outpatient. The department also does pre-transplant workup and donor investigations in conjunction with Lancet laboratories.
Ladnan Hospital will also offer the patient a comprehensive information on the various option for Renal transplant in and out of the country depending on the patient’s choice.