PSG Hospitals established the Department of Nephrology in 1992. In the beginning, it was run by Dr K. Jayachandran, who was helped by Assistant Professor G.A. Suresh. From such a modest start, the unit has come a long way to include two professors, two residents and ten dialysis technicians, led by Dr G.Venu, Professor and Head of the Department.
In 1993, the department started intermittent peritoneal dialysis, which uses a membrane inside the body; and haemodialysis, which involves taking blood out of the body, purifying it through a dialysis fiter and then returning it to the body.
Today, it has one of the best dialysis units in Coimbatore, which is the largest in the region with 21 state-of-the-art machines and a continuous renal replacement therapy machine. Since 1998, it has done about one lakh dialysis. Its services are very economical and it performs 1,000 dialysis every month. Emergency dialysis is available round the clock at PSG Hospitals. It also performs continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis, which happens throughout the day even when a person is at work.
The unit is also known for accurate diagnosis using renal biopsies besides plasmapheresis which is a blood purifiation procedure that is used to treat several autoimmune diseases.
Other procedures, unique to our center, include continuous veno-venous haemo-fitration, online haemo diafiltration to treat acute renal failure and charcoal haemoperfusion to tackle severe toxicity. A facility to perform molecular absorption recirculating system and single pass albumin dialysis which enables simultaneous liver and kidney detoxifiation, is unique to this department. Further the department has facilities and expertise to carry out combined liver and kidney transplants. The department offers a super-speciality degree in nephrology and a bachelor’s degree in dialysis technology. It has plans to expand to areas such as ABO-incompatible renal transplantation, paediatric nephrology, interventional nephrology and stem cell therapy for kidney diseases.
Dr. Pabolu Surendrakumar (DM – PG Nephrology) presented a paper “Prevalence and risk factors of hepatitis C among maintenance haemodialysis patients at a tertiary care hospital in Coimbatore” in February 2011 in ISNSC CON 2011 – International Conference Thrissur and had been conferred “ BEST PAPER AWARD”
Today the Department has undertook 284 successful Renal transplant surgeries and hope for the best in coming year