Dialysis

  • Dialysis is a treatment to remove waste products and add excess fluid from the blood when kidneys cannot manage to work properly. It is mainly needed when your kidneys on your own can no longer take care of the body.
  • There are basically three types of dialysis procedures, first in centre haemodialysis, then haemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. Each of the types has its own bronze and cons, you will be suggested the type of dialysis depending upon certain factors. However, you are free to switch to a different type of dialysis anytime you want according to the health condition.
  • Dialysis increases the life expectancy to five to 10 years. Well, many patients have also managed to live for 20 to 30 years on dialysis without any complications.
  • In acute kidney injuries, the kidneys usually start working again within several weeks two months after the cause has been treated. However, in chronic kidney disease, patients are recommended to undergo dialysis on a long term.

Which stage of kidney disease needs dialysis?

  • Patients with chronic kidney disease of a higher stage often require dialysis. There are actually five stages of chronic kidney disease, of which stage five is the most advanced stage and these patients are recommended by the health care providers to go for dialysis therapy and are also suitably considered for kidney transplantation to put the situation under control.
  • It is recommended for chronic kidney disease patients usually estimated  with a glomerular filtration rate less than 15 to have a severe kidney injury, that is why the specialist recommends dialysis immediately to continue living.
  • Certain signs in your body is also an indication that your kidneys need special care, for instance, you may notice some inflammation in your legs, ankles and feet and you feel pain mostly in the knees while walking, these are swellings mostly due to excess fluid in the body as kidneys cannot manage to filter the waste products, and simultaneously the toxic materials accumulate in the body causing different problems at a time. You may also feel shortness of breath and fatigue or weakness is potent.
  • Patients with injuries and conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes and lupus can cause damage to kidneys leading to kidney infections or diseases. End stage renal disease is recommended or needs dialysis the most.
  • While on dialysis therapy, you may also notice some of the symptoms which includes appetite loss, vomiting, headache, feeling energy less, there is a loss of concentration, certain itching in the parts near around kidneys, you will also notice little or no urine sometimes smelly also, swelling around your eyes and ankles or mostly the joint parts. You need to contact your health care provider or your specialist for the symptoms to manage it properly.

How many dialysis should be done in a week?

  • Time management for dialysis patients often depends upon their conditions whether it is critical or manageable at a point.
  • Patients with end stage renal disease also with glomerular filtration rate less than 15 needs dialysis to be done twice a week that is three times per week.
  • Dialysis twice weekly is also an option for many patients whose condition is critical but manageable.
  • Along with dialysis, patients need to follow a proper diet and  certain exercises recommended by the physical trainer to make this situation come under control and let  the patients easily relieve symptoms.
  • Dialysis increases the life expectancy but in most cases, once a patient is relied on dialysis, he or she needs this therapy for a long term as the patient cannot survive without it. Also, but in some cases, patients have improved after following a  certain diet and natural remedies which often allowed them to stop dialysis after a period of time.

Will dialysis help cure kidney disease completely?

  • Evidence says that dialysis helps to assist kidneys, dialysis therapy does some of the functions of kidneys but does not cure it completely, it just helps to remove out the waste products accumulated in the body. To perform dialysis for your whole life until your kidney causes treatment or transplantation is done.
  • Transplantation is the most favourable option recommended by the specialist, as it provides a more life years to the patient.

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