What’s the difference between urology and nephrology?

May 22, 2022

What are Urologists and What Do They Treat?
Urologists diagnose, treat, and prevent diseases and conditions related to the urinary tract in men and women. They also diagnose, treat, and prevent diseases and conditions related to the male reproductive system. Urologists treat a variety of issues such as:
  • Incontinence
  • Overactive bladder
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Peyronie’s disease
  • Bladder or kidney stones that affect the urinary tract
  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
  • Pelvic prolapse problems
  • Cancers of the bladder, penis, testicles, and adrenal and prostate glands
Here at Austin Urology Institute, our team led by Koushik Shaw, MD is here to provide compassionate care to anyone in need of urological care in Central Texas and beyond. If you find yourself googling “urologist austin tx” or “urologist near me”, you can stop your search! Dr. Shaw and the team treat all of the above and much more.  Dr. Shaw has been rated best urologist in Austin along with his practice partner Lawrence Tsai, MD.
Below we explain the difference between a nephrologist and urologist and what they treat.
What are Nephrologists and What Do They Treat?
Nephrologists specialize in the care and function of kidneys. They diagnose, treat, and prevent conditions and diseases related to the kidneys. They specialize in treating people whose kidneys are at or near failure or those with kidney disease and hypertension. Nephrologists treat a variety of health issues such as:
  • Glomerulonephritis
  • Hypertension
  • Kidney disease (including acute and chronic cases as well as diabetic nephropathy)
  • Kidney stones
  • Renal failure (the kidneys’ inability to filter waste from the blood)
  • Renal obstruction (caused by kidney stones, tumors, etc.)
  • Kidney cancer
We are AUI and we want to be your Austin Urologist! Call today (512-694-8888) and schedule your next appointment with our amazing team, we will be happy to take care of your urology needs.