Nephrologists, or "kidney doctors," are doctors who have advanced training in treating kidney disease. They are responsible for medical care during dialysis treatments. Nephrologists also may be responsible for patient care before and after a kidney transplant. Before the transplant operation can take place, medical problems such as diabetes or high blood pressure must be well-controlled. After the operation, nephrologists see patients for followup care, and they handle medical problems that may arise, such as rejection of the kidney. Nephrologists also treat kidney stones and other kidney diseases and conditions.

Source: MedlinePlus and National Kidney Foundation

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Recommended Reading

American Society of Nephrology
This site for professionals in the field also includes information for patients about kidney function and disease.

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
With an excellent health information section, this site is a great resource to answer your questions about kidney disease.

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