For Kidney Conditions, When Should You See an Urologist or Nephrologist?

A common question from patients is when do you see an urologist or a nephrologist for kidney problems? This can be somewhat confusing as both doctors treat conditions of the kidneys.

The Answer: It depends on what condition is present.

Urologists treat conditions of the urinary tract, which includes the urethra, bladder and kidneys. However, urologists only treat particular conditions of the kidneys. They can perform surgery, remove cancerous cells, and eliminate kidney stones. However, the internal medicine subspecialty, Nephrology, treats kidney function disorders.

Nephrologists are trained to treat conditions that affect the function of the kidneys. There are many conditions that can affect the kidneys including hypertension, fluid retention, electrolyte imbalance, and lupus or other autoimmune diseases.

The doctors at Comprehensive Urology treat kidney conditions including kidney stones, blockages, kidney cancer, and kidney infections. If you are suffering from any of these kidney conditions, call (310) 278-8330 today to schedule an appointment with one of our expert urologists.