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A 40-year-old male asked:

how long to one have to do dialysis?

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Dr. David Liu
Dr. David Liu answered
Internal Medicine and Pediatrics 19 years experience
Potentially lifelong: The duration of dialysis is dependent on the reason that one starts dialysis. If the reason is chronic kidney disease, the dialysis if lifelong, unless one obtains a kidney transplant. If the reason is temporary, the dialysis may only last for the duration of the illness. For more information, see your primary care provider or kidney specialist.
Dr. Kalyani Perumal
Nephrology and Dialysis 29 years experience
Depends: If you are diagnosed with irreversible kidney disease, you need dialysis life long until you get kidney transplant.If your docs are expecting recovery of kidney function, you may need dialysis until your kidney recover sufficient function.Pls discuss with nephrologist

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A 38-year-old member asked:

Are there any herbs that can get my GFR over 10% so I don't need dialysis?

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Dr. Tarek Naguib
Nephrology and Dialysis 40 years experience
No: No herbs have been shown to improve gfr, glomerular filtration rate, to save people the need for dialysis.
A 26-year-old male asked:

What happens if you skip dialysis appointments?

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Dr. Rahil Malik
Obstetrics and Gynecology 10 years experience
Bad things: If you miss your dialysis appointment, a whole slew of bad things can happen. As dialysis helps in maintaining the proper equilibrium of acids/bases, salts etc in your blood, missing your appointment can lead to an imbalance in your blood. This may lead to fainting, weakness, heart complications, and death! essentially, wherever blood may flow, problems can emerge from those organs.
Dr. Adrian Baudy IV
Nephrology and Dialysis 12 years experience
Your mortality increases, as you miss dialysis more often.
Mar 2, 2013
Dr. Linda Gromko
Family Medicine 48 years experience
Have you considered peritoneal dialysis or home hemodialysis? You may find these approaches more user-friendly than in-center treatments. Ask your nephrologist, or read "Help! I Need Dialysis!" by Agar and Schatell. I imagine you are looking into transplant possibilities also. Good luck. LGromko MD
Sep 3, 2013
A member asked:

How long can one survive off dialysis?

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Dr. Steve Montoya
Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
0ne to thirty days: 1 to 30 days.
A 42-year-old member asked:

How long can one expect to live after starting dialysis?

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Dr. Jared Fialkow
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Dialysis: It depends on many factors. The cause of end stage renal disease, the cardiovascular status of the patient, the age of the patient, other illnesses. I have had several patients on dialysis for 20+ years.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Advice? When dialysis fails, and there are no other treaments available how long does one live?

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Dr. Linda Gromko
Family Medicine 48 years experience
Hard situation: A person in end-stage renal failure (chronic kidney disease stage 5) will not live long without treatment: perhaps a week or two. Talk with your nephrologist. Sometimes, if peritoneal dialysis can't be continued, you can switch quickly to hemodialysis - even if it means a central line for dialysis access. Sometimes a person can switch from hemo to peritoneal dialysis. Find out what you can -now!

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