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Department of Nephrology - Marienhaus Hospital St. Elisabeth Neuwied

Marienhaus Hospital St. Elisabeth Neuwied

Neuwied, Germany
Department id # 289993
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Dr. med. Knut Schäfer
Department of Nephrology
Specialized in: nephrology

About the Department of Nephrology at Marienhaus Hospital St. Elisabeth Neuwied

The Department of Nephrology at the Marienhaus Hospital St. Elisabeth Neuwied offers the full range of medical services in the area of its specialization. The health facility provides high-precision diagnostics and effective treatment of kidney diseases and secondary kidney lesions caused by other pathologies. The specialists have unique experience in the treatment of kidney lesions caused by autoimmune diseases and arterial hypertension. The department provides medical care to patients with infectious and inflammatory kidney diseases and acute and chronic kidney failure. The department has 20 beds for inpatients. However, diagnostic procedures and treatment are quite often carried out on an outpatient basis. The department also houses a modern Dialysis Unit with 14 specially equipped beds. The specialists of the Dialysis Unit are responsible for all types of renal replacement therapy (dialysis). This treatment allows for the normalization of blood composition in cases of kidney failure by using a special device to remove metabolic waste products and eliminate excess fluid. The department also provides emergency medical care for patients with kidney pathologies. The medical facility strictly meets hygiene and safety standards, and doctors prioritize the needs and wishes of each patient. The department is headed by Dr. med. Knut Schäfer.

Many common kidney diseases eventually lead to the development of kidney failure. This makes timely detection and treatment of nephrological pathologies particularly important. The department offers its patients effective diagnostic methods, which include laboratory tests, special ultrasound scans, an image-guided biopsy, etc. Pathohistological diagnostics also complement the diagnostic spectrum. Based on the established diagnosis, an optimal treatment regimen is developed in accordance with the current protocols of the European and international societies of nephrology.

The department's medical team is especially interested in the treatment of kidney failure. Patients with this diagnosis receive drug therapy, and if drugs do not help normalize kidney function, renal replacement therapy becomes an option of choice. Treatment takes place in a special Dialysis Unit with 14 beds. Hemodialysis, hemofiltration, and peritoneal dialysis are performed here. The department's vascular surgeons are responsible for creating dialysis access. Control duplex sonography is mandatory performed before and after dialysis access formation. The department also cooperates closely with regional Dialysis Centers. In addition, the department's specialists use plasma exchange and selective adsorption methods to treat severe autoimmune diseases.

Doctors also successfully treat nephropathies. This group of diseases occurs due to kidney lesions in diabetes mellitus, vasculitis, prolonged intake of certain drugs, poisoning, etc. As a rule, doctors use different groups of drugs to control the pathological process and prevent the development of kidney failure. Treatment is carried out on an inpatient basis because it is important for doctors to constantly monitor the patient's condition. With timely medical care, nephropathy responds well to treatment, and kidney function can be fully restored.

The department's key clinical areas include:

  • Diagnostics
    • Clinical urine tests and microscopic urine sediment analysis
    • Clinical and biochemical blood tests: inflammatory markers, creatinine, urea, and various types of antibodies
    • Special ultrasound examinations of the kidneys and renal arteries (duplex sonography)
    • Kidney biopsy
    • Examination of the blood vessels before and after arteriovenous fistula formation for hemodialysis
    • Comprehensive examinations for suspected severe forms of arterial hypertension, including secondary forms of hypertension caused by endocrine and renovascular pathologies (in cooperation with the specialists in interventional radiology and vascular surgery)
  • Treatment
    • Drug therapy
    • Renal replacement therapy
      • Hemodialysis, including intermittent hemodialysis and hemodialysis with citrate anticoagulation
      • Hemofiltration
      • Peritoneal dialysis
      • Plasmapheresis (for example, for autoimmune systemic diseases)
    • Comprehensive follow-up monitoring after kidney transplant surgery, including inpatient diagnostics and treatment for complications
  • Other medical services

Photo of the doctor: (c) Marienhaus Kliniken GmbH