Nephrology

Overview

The Kidney is one of the critical organs of our body. A healthy Kidney is vital to maintain a healthy body. Since Kidneys perform the very important task of removing waste and toxic substances from our body, it is our duty to be kind to it. Helping us do that in a clinical fashion is the Department of Nephrology at United Hospital in Bangalore.

Nephrology is a speciality of internal medicine that relates to the diagnosis and treatment of diseases related to the Kidney. The medical professional who specialises in treating Kidney Disorders is referred to as a Nephrologist.

Usually, people with high blood pressure, uncontrolled diabetes, heart diseases and those with a family history of kidney problems are more susceptible to develop Kidney disorders. Some of the commonly observed problems are Acute Renal Failure and Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). These conditions need immediate attention from a Nephrologist.

The Department of Nephrology at United Hospital in Bangalore has a proven track record of treating some of the most complex cases related to Kidneys. The Department has a wealth of experience in the form of Nephrologists who have the expertise and experience in handling both Adult and Paediatric complaints.

Facilities Available

Department of Nephrology at United Hospital is well-equipped with state-of-the-art facilities with well-trained nursing and paramedical staff. They include:

  • Nephropathology
  • Haemodialysis
  • Peritoneal Dialysis
  • Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy (CRRT)
  • Slow Lower Efficiency Dialysis
  • Renal Biopsy

Therapies Offered & Conditions Treated

United Hospital, Bangalore offers evidence-based treatment for some of the critical disorders that include.

  • Plasmapheresis
  • Renal Transplantation
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Acute Renal Failure
  • Acute Kidney Injury
  • Critical Care Nephrology
  • Catheter Insertion under Local Anaesthesia

Surgeries & Key Procedures

When it comes to Awareness, Prevention and Treatment with respect to Kidney Diseases, United Hospital in Bangalore has some of the best Nephrologists who have expertise in making use of the latest technology to treat high-risk cases. The wide range of Kidney Surgeries and Key Procedures performed include:

Renal Transplant

Renal transplant is an important surgical procedure where a healthy kidney from a living or deceased donor is placed into the patient whose kidneys no longer function properly. This stage is called as End Stage Kidney Failure. Prior to taking up this procedure, the patient is subjected to a number of medical tests, to ascertain their fitness levels to take up the surgery. These include blood tests, a thorough physical exam and certain other imaging tests like MRI and X-Ray. Renal Transplants have seen high success rates in recent times and are more preferred by patients despite the complexity of the procedure.

Plasmapheresis

This is a critical procedure suggested to patients who are very sick with some specific kidney diseases. Plasmapheresis is performed in the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital under careful observation. In this procedure, large quantities of plasma are removed from a patient and replaced with fresh frozen plasma, albumin or saline. This procedure makes use of a plasma filter. Haemodialysis machines with the blood pump are also used during this procedure.

Haemodialysis

Haemodialysis is a common procedure that is performed on patients with Acute Kidney Failure. The other option is a Renal Transplant. Haemodialysis might require multiple visits to the hospital depending upon the number of cycles required. A sophisticated machine called the Haemodialysis Machine is used during this procedure. This machine is fitted with a filter called a Dialyzer which cleans the blood and returns it to the body. Haemodialysis is a day care procedure and the patient can get back home after the process is complete.

Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy (CRRT)

This procedure is suggested to patients who are in a critical condition due to multiple organ failure including End-Stage Renal Failure. This procedure requires a specially designed Haemodialysis machine. CRRT is done under very careful observation as the procedure might require more than 24 hours.

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