Nephrologist vs. urologist for kidney stone prevention

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   Posted 8/1/2014 10:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I posted before about having a 4mm kidney stone. This was my second stone. I did not like the urologist I got referred to. He was way to surgery happy and you could tell he didn't really care about his patients. Luckily I passed the stone on my own with no problems. Because I chose to follow-up with my general practitioner I am now banned from that urology office which is the only one in town. So I am looking for someone in addition to my GP for post stone care which was my plan anyway.

I have read several places that a nephrologist is better for kidney stone prevention where the urologist is better for removal. Does anyone have experience with a nephrologist? Are they better than a urologist for kidney stone prevention? I have only had two stone and they were 10 years a part. I followed up with a urologist for 2 years after my first one and all they did was an x-ray and urinalysis every 6 months. So I am looking for something more this time.

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   Posted 8/1/2014 10:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I myself have had both a urologist and a nephrologist. The bad news is that nephrologists generally only deal with patients that have some type of history of kidney disease. That means that unless you have had at least a kidney blockage from your stone(s), they would have you see a urologist.

With that being said, if you only have one urologist around you, you could always try a nephrologist's office and ask if they will see you. The worse they can say is no.

Good luck to you and I sincerely wish you good health!

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Date Joined May 2014
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   Posted 8/2/2014 12:41 AM (GMT -6)   
I'll take my nephrologist over both of my previous urologists and one was the department head of a major group of hospitals. Besides, my kidney doc lets me look through his microscopes too, way more fun!
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