The Department of Nephrology provides medical treatment for various diseases of the kidneys and urinary system.
1. About the Department of Nephrology
The Department of Nephrology provides medical treatment for patients who are diagnosed with diseases of the kidneys and urinary system. Urology, on the other hand, provides surgical treatment for the diseases of the kidneys and urinary system.
The department provides treatment for kidney-related diseases (e.g., glomerulonephritis, nephrotic syndrome, chronic renal failure, acute renal failure, acute pyelitis, and cystitis), and secondary kidney deterioration (e.g., hypertensive nephropathy and diabetic nephropathy), renal abnormalities during pregnancy, lupus nephritis, and congenital renal cysts. Moreover, a nephrologist is needed for the treatment of fluid, electrolyte, and acid-base disorder and the consultation on the drug use of patients with renal disorder.
2. Patients Eligible to Visit the Department of Nephrology
Individuals who experience swelling, sudden high blood pressure, foamy or bloody urine, changes in bladder habits, or painful urination, or constant side or back pain should seek medical attention at the Department of Nephrology. Furthermore, if the patient's urine becomes turbid, the amount of urine suddenly increases or decreases, or there is frequent urination at night, there is a possibility of renal failure, which will require treatment from a nephrologist.
Even if there are no symptoms, an individual who is over 70 years old, who has a long-term history of high blood pressure, diabetes, or lupus, who suffered from acute renal disease in the past, who had kidney stones, who has a family history of renal disease, and who has been taking medications for a long period of time should have their kidneys checked by a nephrologist once or twice a year.
3. Dialysis Unit
Hemodialysis Unit: We provide a differentiated dialysis prescription for each patient through a regular checkup using 31 of our advanced dialysis machines featuring high-flux dialysis and online HDF. Our goal is to improve the quality of life of our dialysis patients through counseling and education programs.
Peritoneal Dialysis Unit: We offer a variety of peritoneal dialysis solutions for the treatment of the patient's condition. Both the patient and their guardian are encouraged to participate in the treatment process, along with the systematic education programs, as this will allow for a higher quality of peritoneal dialysis.
4. Kidney Transplantation
Kidney transplantation is the treatment option for chronic renal failure as opposed to dialysis. A consultation system will be established among the related departments, including the Department of Nephrology, Department of Pediatrics, Department of Vascular Surgery, Department of Renal Medicine, Department of Urology, and Department of Laboratory Medicine, for an effective management of patients and reduction of complications. We will also secure an organ transplant coordinator in order to ensure rational and systematic transplantation through smooth communication and efficient organ management among the medical staff, patients, and donors.