Patient Resources

What is nephrology?

Nephrology concerns the diagnosis and treatment of kidney diseases, including electrolyte disturbances and hypertension, as well as providing care for those requiring renal replacement therapy, dialysis and renal transplants.

How is a nephrologist different from a urologist?

Urologists treat surgical problems associated with the kidneys and urinary tract, while nephrologists diagnose and treat medical problems associated with abnormal kidney function. Many of our patients also see a urologist. The types of care urologists and nephrologists provide do not overlap, but are instead complementary.

What is chronic kidney disease?

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a condition in which your kidneys can’t filter blood the way they should due to damage. The disease is called chronic because damage to kidneys happens slowly over a long period of time. This damage can cause wastes to build up in the body, which causes a range of other health problems.