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Q: 1. What is the difference between a Urologist and a Nephrologist?

Urologists help diagnose and treat disorders related to the male reproductive system as well as conditions and diseases of the urinary and genital tract in men, women, and children. Nephrologists, on the other hand, help take care of patients with kidney diseases. They are the only specialists trained to provide dialysis for kidney failure treatment. Nephrologists are also part of the kidney transplant teams though they don't operate, they are called as kidney doctors.

Q: 2. What are some of the common ailments that Urologists treat?

The Urologists provide diagnosis and treatment for diseases of the urinary tract, that include incontinence or loss of bladder control, including urologic cancers, male sexual dysfunction, urinary incontinence, pelvic pain, urinary stone disease, male infertility, impotence or erectile dysfunction and prostate disease, as well as specialist treatments for urinary tract reconstruction, Bladder Cancer, Erectile Dysfunction, Genitourinary Tract Injuries, Kidney Cancer, Peyronie's Disease, Priapism, Testicular Cancer and Urethral Injuries.

Q: 3. What are some of the common conditions that Nephrologists treat?

Nephrologists can help diagnose and treat the conditions like blood or protein in urine, Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), Kidney stones, Kidney infections, Kidney swelling due to glomerulonephritis or Interstitial nephritis, Polycystic kidney disease, Haemolytic uremic syndrome, Renal artery stenosis, nephritic syndrome, End-Stage Kidney Disease (ESKD), Acute and Chronic kidney failure. They may also be involved in other diseases which could act as contributing factors to kidney disease or dysfunction like - high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, autoimmune conditions (Ex: lupus) or any other medications affecting kidney functions.

Q: 4. What diseases can affect the kidneys?

Our kidneys can compensate for the lost function and are highly adaptable. Therefore, most of the kidney diseases go undiagnosed until it's very late or difficult to reverse them. Some of the common kidney problems are Diabetic Nephropathy, Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis, Alport Syndrome, Glomerulonephritis, IgA Nephropathy (Berger’s Disease), Fabry Disease, Minimal Change Disease, Kidney Stones, Nephrotic Syndrome, and Polycystic Kidney Disease or PKD. Health problems (like diabetes) affect your kidneys, and they may cause Chronic Kidney Disease or CKD. CKD is like permanent damage to the kidneys that may get worse over time. If they're so damaged that they stop working, it's called kidney failure, or end-stage renal disease (ESRD)

Q: 5. What are the facilities available at Aster CMI for Robotic Kidney Surgery treatment?

The Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Nephrology & Urology ranks number one in Robotic Kidney Transplant in Bangalore and South India, having the highest number of cases done to its credit, making us one of the best kidney treatment hospitals in Bangalore. The department specializes in traditional as well as Laparoscopic, Robotic, and Laser surgery for various kidney and urinary conditions. Robotic surgery at Aster CMI is conducted using the Da Vinci Surgical Robot, which is a state-of-the-art robotic system designed to perform complex surgery in a minimally invasive manner with greater precision. It is primarily used to perform prostatectomy, nephrectomy, pyeloplasty, ureteral reimplantation, and kidney transplants. Aster MARS is South India's Largest Robotic Kidney Transplant Program. Robotic Technology offers a high level of precision, to ensure tremor free movement of the instrument, thereby causing no damage to the graft kidney.

Q: 6. What are the common kidney stone symptoms?

Kidney stones may not cause any symptoms until they shift within the kidney or pass into the ureter- the tube connecting the kidney and bladder. You may experience some of these signs and symptoms. Severe pain below the ribs, in the side and back, or pain that comes in waves and fluctuates in intensity, pain while urinating, pink, red or brown hued urine, cloudy or foul-smelling urine, nausea and vomiting, consistent urge to urinate or urinating more often than usual, urinating small amounts frequently, fever and chills in case there is some infection are some of the common symptoms. Pain caused due to kidney stone may change – in case they shift or increase in intensity as the stone moves through the urinary tract.

Q: 7. Why should I choose Aster CMI Hospital for my Urology and Nephrology related issues?

Aster CMI Hospital has established its reputation as one of the best kidney transplant hospitals in Bangalore. We have some of the best nephrologists in Bangalore efficiently treating all types of Nephrology (kidney related) issues. Our dedicated and experienced urologists are capable of undertaking a quick diagnosis of complex urological diseases and provide the best clinical solutions. Supported by a caring and efficient team, world-class infrastructure and a multidisciplinary approach, we aim to retain our position as one of the top Nephrology & Urology hospitals in Southern India.