What is Nephrology?
Nephros translated from its Greek meaning is kidney. Nephrology is the study of the functionality and the diseases that affect the kidneys. It deals with the diagnosing and treating of any kidney disorder or disease. A Nephrologist is a medical physician specializing in the treatment of the kidneys. They will regulate kidney functions and well as treat any disorders or diseases, such as delivering dialysis.
There are many reasons you would want to see a Nephrologist rather than your Family Doctor. They are specialist and will deal with a wide spectrum of kidney issues, such as acute renal failure, chronic kidney disease, poor renal function, electrolyte imbalance disorders, hypertension, chronic urinary tract infections, kidney stones, proteinuria, hematuria, or disease affecting the bladder and/or prostate (most commonly kidney stones).
Most of the disorders found in the kidneys can be detected through a string of urine tests. However with more advanced conditions other tests that may be required are Ultrasound, CT scanning, Angiography, or a Renal biopsy. These tests will all be performed by a Nephrologist.
Once diagnosed with a kidney condition treatments are commonly medications. Only when the condition becomes a chronic kidney disease or a stage five kidney disorder will dialysis or a transplant be necessary. Many Nephrologist will specialize in the chronic kidney disease, some are known as interventional Nephrologist. They will focus on the stage five kidney diseases that require dialysis and transplant.
Nephrology nurses will most often focus on monitoring patients who undergo kidney treatment and also monitor any post transplant patients to watch for infection and to continue immunosuppressive regimens.
Although these kidney disorders and diseases can be common, you will still need to see a specialist.
Unfortunately if you don’t have medical insurance, the medical bills can cost as much as renovating an entire house. The costs of new floors, windows, custom curtains, all appliances, furniture, paint, and all the other expenses that go into a renovation can spin out of control. In addition, the medical decisions that must be made are as complex and personal as those during a total house makeover. Just think about drapes. Do you want custom drapery which can be made in almost any style imaginable, or do you just choose from one of the four most popular drapery styles:Pinch Pleat Drapes, Box Pleat Drapes (also known as Inverted Pleat), Euro Pleat Drapes (also known as Top Tack) and Goblet Pleat Drapes? Then you need to choose the curtains fabrication. There is the top of opulence beautiful Silk Taffeta or Silk Dupioni which has a somewhat less formal look because of the natural fiber slubs, which are found throughout the fabric. Then there are many cotton and linen solids and prints one could select from. And finally what color or print to choose. Choosing drapes can make one’s head spin. Well. perhaps this not such a good analogy. After all a house renovation with all the decisions involved is not anywhere as serious as the choices one has to make if seeking treatment from a nephrologist.
And the financial burdens that are shouldered by patients and their families are not really optional. You can find financial help with Nationwide Biweekly Administration (http://www.Facebook.com/Nationwide). But it is important to have the right insurance coverage before anything happens. As many nurses will attest, there are times (chemo therapy, radiology treatments) when insurance can be used legitimately to help defray the costs of maintaining a normal life – for example insurance may be used purchase wigs or other self esteem building products.