HELIOS University Hospital Wuppertal
Department of Nephrology and Rheumatology (384368)
Specialized in: nephrology, rheumatology
About the Department of Nephrology and Rheumatology at HELIOS University Hospital Wuppertal
The Department of Nephrology and Rheumatology at the HELIOS University Hospital Wuppertal provides the full range of diagnostic and therapeutic services to patients with kidney diseases, rheumatic pathologies and arterial hypertension. The department is certified in accordance with the standards of the German Society of Nephrology (DGfN), and therefore the quality of treatment is at the highest European level. The department operates an advanced Dialysis Center, whose specialists carry out all modern types of renal replacement therapy, including peritoneal dialysis and extracorporeal photopheresis. The Dialysis Center has 32 specially equipped beds for blood purification procedures. Its specialists carry out more than 8,000 renal replacement therapy procedures every year, so the department's doctors are deservedly proud of their successful experience in this field. In addition, the department has all the necessary resources for the diagnostics and treatment of kidney lesions caused by arterial hypertension. Nephrologists are also responsible for the care of patients before and after kidney transplant surgery. The department's rheumatologists pay special attention to the treatment of systemic diseases affecting the kidneys. The department's medical team prefers an individual approach to each patient and works in compliance with the latest clinical protocols. The Head Physician of the department is Dr. med. Tobias Türk.
The department's nephrologists have long clinical experience in the treatment of kidney diseases and regularly improve their professional skills in advanced training courses in order to offer patients innovative treatment methods. The therapeutic process begins with an initial examination that includes laboratory tests and kidney ultrasound. If necessary, additional tests are prescribed to the patient: Doppler ultrasonography of the renal arteries, urography, cystoscopy, scintigraphy, CT, MRI, biopsy and others. In some cases, specialists from related medical fields, including cardiologists and rheumatologists, are involved in the diagnostics. The diagnosis is made based on the diagnostic results, after which doctors begin treatment planning. The treatment regimen for nephrological diseases is determined strictly individually and depends on the particular diagnosis, the general health of the patient and the presence of comorbidities. In most cases, the patient receives pharmacotherapy on an outpatient basis, but some acute forms of kidney disease (acute kidney failure, acute glomerulonephritis, etc.) require inpatient treatment under the constant medical supervision. With severe kidney dysfunction, the patient is prescribed dialysis – renal replacement therapy. If the patient needs surgical treatment, surgeons are involved in the therapeutic process.
The treatment of rheumatic diseases is also among the priority areas of work of the department's doctors. Of particular interest is medical care for patients with systemic rheumatic pathologies affecting the kidneys. The diagnostics of rheumatic pathology begins with a study of the patient's medical history, clinical examination and laboratory tests. If required, the patient undergoes additional instrumental diagnostics – X-ray, CT, MRI, arthroscopy, etc. The main treatment method for rheumatic diseases is the intake of medications that are individually selected for the patient by the attending physician. Physiotherapeutic procedures and therapeutic exercises are recommended as auxiliary methods.
The department specializes in the diagnostics and treatment of the following diseases:
- Acute and chronic kidney failure
- Kidney stone disease
- Cystic kidney disease
- Malignant kidney tumors (kidney cancer is treated in cooperation with highly specialized experts)
- Pathological kidney lesions caused by arterial hypertension
- Drug-induced kidney disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Psoriatic arthritis
- Ankylosing spondylitis
- Systemic lupus erythematosus
- Systemic scleroderma
- Mixed collagenoses
- Other pathologies and treatment methods
Photo of the doctor: (c) Helios Universitätsklinikum Wuppertal
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