Kidney Dialysis

When your kidneys are no longer functioning, a dialysis procedure is performed. If your kidneys are not functioning, kidneys cannot remove waste from your fluid and hence waste fluids get accumulated in your body. Dialysis helps to remove waste fluids and chemicals from your blood.

Why and When Do I Need Dialysis?

If you have failed kidneys, and the functioning of kidneys is lost by 85 to 90%, then you need dialysis. This is because if the kidneys are not able to filter waste from your blood, dangerous levels of the waste get accumulated in your body. This can show severe symptoms that can be fatal.

Dialysis is performed only when you have signs or lab tests indicating the accumulation of high levels of waste in your body. Possible signs include swelling, nausea, and fatigue. However, several factors are considered before beginning the dialysis process including your age, energy, health condition, and your commitment. Your doctor discusses all the possible factors and determines the right time for beginning dialysis. He also carefully evaluates you to suggest the right type of dialysis.

What are the Different Options for Dialysis?

Dialysis can be performed in the following two ways:

Hemodialysis: In this process, a machine called a hemodialyzer is used to filter and remove waste from your blood. After purifying the blood, it is sent back to your body. The procedure takes around 3 to 5 hours. Hemodialysis can be performed either at the hospital or at home.

Peritoneal dialysis: In peritoneal dialysis, blood is purified inside your body by inserting a catheter into your abdomen. A dialysis solution is sent into your belly for filtering your blood. The solution absorbs waste from the blood and is collected in a vessel. Then, the fluid is drained out. It can be performed in two ways such as automated peritoneal dialysis where a machine is used for dialysis and continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis that is performed manually.

How To Prepare for Dialysis?

Before performing the first dialysis process, your doctor will insert a tube or device to access your bloodstream. It is performed through a small operation and you can return home on the same day. You should wear comfortable clothing during dialysis and you should follow the instructions given by your doctor. You may be asked to stop taking food for certain hours before performing dialysis.

What Can I Expect from Dialysis?

Dialysis is very helpful if you have failed kidneys as it balances your body by:

  • Filtering waste products and fluids from your blood and preventing the accumulation of wastes in your body
  • Keeping blood pressure in control
  • Maintaining balanced levels of chemicals in your blood including potassium, bicarbonate, and sodium.

Dialysis will not cause any pain. If you have any pain or discomfort during or after the dialysis, you should inform your doctor immediately so that he can help you. Your doctor also suggests changes in your diet such as how much protein and salt you should have in your food.

Can Dialysis Cure Kidney Disease?

Dialysis performs the functions of your healthy kidneys such as filtering waste fluids and chemicals from your blood. But it cannot cure kidney disease. You need to undergo the dialysis process throughout your life or until you are able to transplant your kidney.

Looking for a Dialysis in Hyderabad? Meet Nephrologists at Renown Kidney Clinic

If your kidneys have failed and looking for the dialysis process, Renown Kidney Clinic is your right stop. Our nephrologists have helped hundreds of patients with kidney failure to have a qualify of life through dialysis. We are very patient and will discuss with you before deciding dialysis is right for you. We partner with other hospitals to offer our services and this shows our reputation and expertise. To know more, schedule your appointment today.