Nephrology

Nephrology is a branch of Internal Medicine.

The Nephrology department at Vithas Xanit International Hospital comprises of 2 related units:

  • The consultations for Nephrology, hypertension, and Vascular Risks.
  • The hospitalisation section.
    These include the majority of fields, except for peritoneal dialysis and renal transplants.

This department is responsable for:

  • The prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases linked to the kidneys and the urinary tract, hydroelectrolytic alterations, and the acid-base equilibrium.
  • The prevention, diagnosis and treatment of arterial hypertension, and vasular risk factors (especially the detection and treatment of secondary and refractive arterial hypertension.

One of the key surgeries in Nephrology is:

Surgery for renovasular surgery – angioplasty with stents

It is arterial hypertension which is responsable for the narrowing and the blocking of the arteries which carry the blood to the kidneys (arterial renal stenosis).

Symptoms

In the majority of cases patients suffering from high blood pressure have calcified plaque which deposits and accumulates in the arteries.

Fibromuscular dysplasia is another cause of renal artery stenosis – This is due to the growth or the development of abnormal cells in the walls of the arteries that lead to the kidneys.

The condition can be hereditary and occurs more frequently in women under the age of 50.

As the arteries narrow, less blood is circulated and the kidneys start to function as if the blood pressure were low. Hormones are secreted which cause the body to retain more salt and wáter, and the consequence is a rise in blood pressure.

Procedure

Renal arterial hypertension is difficult to control with medication, and depends on the severity of the stenosis.

Recommended surgery for this condition: angioplasty with stent (vascular endoprosthesis).

The angioplasty consists of introducing a balloon with a catheter into a blood vessel. Once positioned in the obstructed artery, the balloon is inflated and the plaque which obstructs the artery is moved, in order that normal blood flow is resumed.

Either one or various stents can be positioned, and a small spring like tube is used which ensures that the artery remains open.

Type of surgery and anesthesia

The coronary angioplasty is a minimally invasive surgery that can last several hours.

It is usually carried out under local anesthesia.

Hospitalisation is generally between 24 – 48 hours.

Post Operative care

The angioplasty improves the renal arterial blood flow in the majority of patients. However, the outcome depends on where the blockage is located, the size of the arteries, and the level of obstruction. Therefore it is recommended to have periodic check-ups.

1- Information and reasons for your Nephrology surgery

Within 24 hours of receiving your request for information, we will contact you by e-mail or phone to assess your needs, identify your reasons for surgery and to answer your questions directly.

2- Diagnosis and recommendations for Nephrology surgery

We advise you to firstly visit our Nephrology Department In order to ascertain which particular Cardiological treatment/surgical intervention is best suited to your individual case.

  • Medical records:
    We will send you a list of examinations, medical tests results that we will need to see during your first visit to Vithas Xanit International Hospital. In the event that our doctors deem necessary an additional screening test, this could be carried out during the same visit (except in the case of tests which requiere anaesthesia, in which case they will need to be pre-booked). You may send us a copy of your medical information before planning your first visit.
  • Diagnosis:
    The professionals involved in the diagnosis and treatment of Nephrology disease will study your medical records, the results of medical tests and examinations, and will establish a precise and reliable diagnosis. We will assist you in choosing the type of Nephrology surgery which is best suited to your particular case.

We will provide you with complete information: treatment process, programming and a detailed quote.

3- Nephrology surgery treatment process

  • Protocol for Nephrology surgery
    The process and programming of Nephrology treatment is different according to the type of Nephrology surgery being carried out and your particular case.
  • An assigned medical team
    Throughout your treatment process you will always deal with the same team of doctors

4- Your travel plans and your Nephrology surgery

Once your planned Nephrology surgery has been confirmed and accepted, our International Services Team at Vithas Xanit International Hospital will be at your disposal to assist you with the organising of your trip to Malaga and will remain in constant contact with you.

5- Your arrival

Upon your arrival in Malaga, a representative of Vithas Xanit International Hospital will be waiting to greet you. We will help you organise your transfers and accompany you to our hospital.

6- Follow-up for your Nephrology surgery

  • Maintaining contact with you.
    Once you have been discharged, our International Services Team will be at your disposal should you require any further medical assistance, and shall assist you with any administrative requirements that you may have.
  • Informing your referring doctor.
    We shall provide you with a you a full medical report which you can give to you own doctor back home.

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