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What is Nephrology?

Nephrology (from Greek νεφρός nephros “kidney”) is a specialty of medicine and pediatrics that maintains or manages normal kidney function, kidney problems, the treatment of kidney problems and renal replacement therapy (dialysis and kidney transplantation).

Nephrology also treats systemic conditions that affect the kidneys (such as diabetes and autoimmune disease) and systemic problems that occur as a result of kidney problems.

What does a Nephrologist do?

Nephrologists are experts in kidney care and the treatment of kidney disease. They are physicians that completed medical school followed by a residency in internal medicine and additional specialty training in the fellowship of nephrology.  Nephrologists may further sub-specialize in dialysis, renal (kidney) transplantation, chronic kidney disease, cancer-related kidney diseases (Onconephrology), procedural nephrology, or other non-nephrology areas.

Nephrologists also treat systemic conditions affecting kidneys such as diabetes and autoimmune disease, as well as hypertension (high blood pressure) and electrolyte disturbances. Procedures a nephrologist may perform include native kidney and transplant kidney biopsy, dialysis access insertion (temporary vascular access lines, tunneled vascular access lines, peritoneal dialysis access lines), and fistula management (angiographic or surgical fistulogram and plasty).

Nephrologists may provide care to people without kidney problems and may work in general/internal medicine, transplant medicine, immunosuppression management, intensive care medicine, clinical pharmacology, perioperative medicine, or pediatric nephrology.

Need more Information on the services of SWVA Nephrology?

Visit the services section of our website (click here) For more information on the services provided by Southwest Virginia Nephrology Medicine. If you still require more clarification on our Nephrology services and if you need a Nephrologist, please call SWVA Nephrology Medicine in Roanoke, Virginia at (540) 904.5366 or complete the contact us form (click here). We serve Virginia and West Virginia, including Roanoke, Salem, Franklin County and Botetourt County.