What is Nephrology?
Nephrology is the study of the kidney and diseases that affect them. This includes management of renal replacement therapy (dialysis and transplantation), systemic diseases that affect the kidney (such as diabetes and hypertension) as well as autoimmune diseases (such as Lupus).
What is a Nephrologist?
A nephrologist is a physician with 3 years residency in Internal Medicine after medical school, leading to Board Certification by the American Board of Internal Medicine. This is followed by 2 or more years of a fellowship in an accredited Nephrology Program. A doctor that has undergone the additional training in nephrology to become an expert in this field is referred to as a nephrologist (or “kidney doctor”).
All nephrologists in this practice are Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Nephrology. Nephrologists function as specialists, allowing you to continue with your primary doctor.
When you need a nephrologist
You may be referred to a nephrologist by your primary physician, for problems such as: Protein or blood in the urine, severe high blood pressure, reduced kidney function, kidney stones, fluid retention/swelling, electrolyte disorders, or kidney failure.
When you visit a nephrologist
The doctor will discuss the reason for your visit and get pertinent information from you and your primary doctor to understand why you have been referred. Then a directed physical exam is often performed to look for any additional information that will help assess how this problem may be affecting you. Finally, blood tests, imaging and other studies are often needed to complete the information base to make a diagnosis of your problem and develop a plan for treatment.
I have been referred to your practice. What do I need to do?
Your physician has identified that you need to see a nephrologist (“Kidney Doctor”) and he will refer you to our practice. Upon receipt of the referral request you will be contacted by a member of our trained staff to set up the date and time, at one of our conveniently located offices. Every attempt will be made to schedule your appointment at an office location nearest to where you live. You will be asked to fill out the required forms in the patient packet. These forms can be obtained below for you to fill out and either fax them or bring them in with you at the time of your visit. You can also request that the form be mailed to you.
Along with the completed forms you must bring all of your medications and your Insurance cards with you to your visit with the doctor. You do not need to “FAST” prior to your arrival.
You will be asked to arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time. Please remember to be prompt; late arrivals could cause you to be rescheduled.
Southeastern Nephrology Associates will file your insurance claim with your health insurance carrier. Co-Pays and deductibles are due in full at time of service. We accept cash, credit cards, and checks as forms of payment. We gladly welcome Medicare patients.
Call our office (910-343-9800- extensions 211 or 212) and speak with a patient account representative in our accounts receivable department to receive information regarding our discount for cash payment at time of service, the minimum payment requirements and other options that may be available to you.
We are a friendly team of professionals providing prompt, high quality medical care in a professional, compassionate, and caring manner with our patients always our primary focus.
If you have any billing or insurance questions please call 910-343-9800 extensions 211 or 212 and speak with our trained representatives who will assist you.
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