What is dialysis treatment?
Dialysis is a treatment that does some of the things done by healthy kidneys. It is needed when your own kidneys can no longer take care of your body’s needs. There are two types of dialysis commonly used to help kidney disease patients-hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. The fact is that no one wants to experience dialysis, but sometimes, it is really necessary.
What are the pros and cons of dialysis treatment?
Dialysis is a treatment that can take the place of the kidneys. Dialysis can help kidney disease patients remove wastes and excess salt and fluid from the blood; maintain a safe balance of minerals in the blood; help control blood pressure; keep patients alive and feeling better. Hemodialysis is a good short-term solution, until you can find a donor or you can be treated by other treatment which helps recover kidney function. Peritoneal dialysis is neat and convenient, patients don’t need to go to a hospital 3-4 times a week for up to 6-8 hours, it can be done in the comfort of your own home while you are asleep.
Then how about the cons of dialysis? Dialysis can be very time-consuming, it is a change in lifestyle since you spend about 12 hours a week dialyzing; diet changes entirely and patients will always be at risk for infections and dialysis complications like headaches, itching, leg cramps, chest pain, fever, nausea, vomiting, etc; dialysis is not a long-term solution, the kidney function keeps declining with long-term of dialysis and patients may notice the decreased urine output.
What creatinine level requires dialysis?
Generally speaking, when creatinine level increases to about 5-6mg/dl, dialysis will be recommended. As a matter of fact, there is no a direct relation between creatinine level and dialysis treatment. Even though your creatinine level is not that high, if your serum potassium level is more than 7mmol/L, or BUN level exceeds 54mmol/L, or pH level is less than 7.25, or in some other certain situations, urgent dialysis should started; however, if your creatinine level exceeds the normal level of creatinine a lot, but you still have some certain urine output and there are no any obvious complications, then dialysis can be postponed. So dialysis treatment should be recommended according to patients’ specific condition.
What is the life expectancy for dialysis patients?
Well, there is no an exact answer to this question. It varies from unit to unit. Some related materials show that the average life expectancy for dialysis patients is 4.25 years, and only 23% of dialysis patients can live for 10 years.
Why do more and more dialysis patients want to stop dialysis?
When patients find that dialysis treatment can no longer help them improve the quality of life, they have the right to stop dialysis. Dialysis complications like headaches, itching, fever, leg cramps, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, sleep problems, etc more or less influence the quality of patients’ life, which can be one of the reasons why they decide to stop dialysis.
Another reason is that dialysis can not treat any kinds of kidney diseases. The gradual decrease in urine output can tell the gradual loss of kidney function with long-term of dialysis treatment.
Can dialysis be stopped?
Yes, the answer is definite. In addition to kidney transplant, the only way to help kidney disease patients stop dialysis is to recover the kidney function gradually. Nowadays, treatment options commonly used to help recover kidney function include Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy, Immunotherapy, Blood Pollution Therapy, etc.
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