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Doctor insights on: Consequences Of Missing Dialysis Treatments

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Why do dialysis treatments take so long?

Why do dialysis treatments take so long?

Dialysis time: Your kidneys work 24/7/365 to remove toxins and maintain fluid and mineral balance for your body. We do dialysis over the shortest time possible to get the job done to replace those functions without putting an intolerable strain on the heart, the dialsysis access, or other body systems. If we go too quickly you could have severe low blood pressure or severe symptomatic metabolic disturbances. ...Read more

Dr. Quresh Khairullah
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Dialysis (Definition)

Simple answer is that it is a medical technology used primarily to provide an artificial replacement for lost kidney function in people with renal failure. Hemodialysis remove wastes and excess water from the blood by circulating blood outside the body through an external filter, called a dialyzer. Blood and dialysate flow through in opposite directions and the ...Read more


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Can your body reject dialysis treatment?

Can your body reject dialysis treatment?

Possible: Rarely some patients are allergic to hemodialysis filers which is a vague rare phenomenon characterized by shortness of breath and hyptension while connected to the dialysis machine, which is treated by changing to peritoneal dialysis. ...Read more

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How many hours a day is dialysis treatment?

Variable: There are 2 main ways to do dialysis. The hemodialysis treatment is for 3-4 hours a day, 3 times a week. If done at night it can be done over 6-8 hours. If done at home it needs to be done for 5-6 days a week 2-2.5 hours daily, this is the best. ...Read more

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How will I feel after initial dialysis treatment?

How will I feel after initial dialysis treatment?

First dialysis: You may not feel better immediately after your first hemodialysis session (hd), as it sometimes takes 3 or 4 hd's to feel better. If you have no problem with fluid removal on hd, you should certainly feel better inside of two weeks. Your blood count should be rising as well as you're being given medicine to increase it on dialysis along with medicine to treat your hyperparathyroidism. Good luck. ...Read more

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Would I feel better after initial dialysis treatment?

Would I feel better after initial dialysis treatment?

Some but not perfect: For individuals that start dialysis due to uremic symptoms (symptoms of kidney failure), the first to go away is the nausea and vomiting. That goes away the first or second session. Loss of appetite and itching quickly resolve next. Fatigue plagues many peolpe dialysis or not, and while many improve, few have complete freedom from fatigue once starting dialysis. Good luck. ...Read more

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Will I feel better after the initial dialysis treatment?

Will I feel better after the initial dialysis treatment?

Some but not perfect: For individuals that start dialysis due to uremic symptoms (symptoms of kidney failure), the first to go away is the nausea and vomiting. That goes away the first or second session. Loss of appetite and itching quickly resolve next. Fatigue plagues many peolpe dialysis or not, and while many improve, few have complete freedom from fatigue once starting dialysis. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the best way to recover after a dialysis treatment?

Can you tell me the best way to recover after a dialysis treatment?

Dialysis treatment: No certain what aspect of not feeling well you want to recover from. Discuss with your dialysis team. ...Read more

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How long after installing dialysis port you can actually have a dialysis treatment?

Immediately: If you are talking about a temporary port placed under the chest wall then it can be used immediately. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if a person is recieving dialysis and decieded to stop treatment. How long would they live?

Dialysis: Usually not very long. Water accumulates and that makes breathing more difficult. Urea accumulates and that makes the person sleepy and eventually unarousable. Blood salts get all messed up and that can cause the heart to stop suddenly. This is just for starters. The longest I have seen a patient live after stopping dialysis is 1 week, but I am sure there are reports of people going longer. ...Read more

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What will happen if you skip a dialysis treatment?

What will happen if you skip a dialysis treatment?

Can lead to death: Dialysis is a way of filtering out the toxic wastes in blood and removing excessive fluid in body. Cummulation of potassium at high level can lead to irregular heart beats and even to cardiac arrest. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for dialysis poleneuropathy?

What is the treatment for dialysis poleneuropathy?

Dialysis near: 53 M Greece asks: What is the treatment for dialysis polyneuropathy? ANS: Depends on what is causing it. Can be B12 def, Diabetes, hypertension. Most likely do to inadequate dialysis and is really uremic neuropathy. If none of the above the a trial of more frequent and/or longer dialysis may be in order. ...Read more

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What happens if I miss to many dialysis treatments?

Bad Things: Water and waste products accumulate when you skip or miss a dialysis treatment. Neither of these are good for you. Best have a long talk with your doctor about the details. ...Read more

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Why would patient pass out at end of dialysis treatment?

Why would patient pass out at end of dialysis treatment?

Clean & Squeeze: Dialysis is both about cleaning (dialysis) the blood of toxins and squeezing (ultra-filtering) excess fluid out. Both functions are done constantly in patients with normal function.
If too much fluid is removed. Patients can feel dizzy at the end of treatment. During the treatment, the blood pressure will drop, alerting the staff to decrease fluid removal. ...Read more

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When you are on dialysis can you skip a day of treatment?

Not advised: Normal kidneys filter the blood every second. Patients on dialysis are filtered for 4 hours three times a week. Missing a treatment is not in your interests.

Patients are at risk for volume overload and hyperkalemia if they go 5 days without dialysis. ...Read more

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Is there a treatment for high creatinine other than dialysis?

Is there a treatment for high creatinine other than dialysis?

Treat the cause: Kidney disease is the most likely cause of high creatinine. Treating obstruction of the urinary tract, infection of the kidneys and possible drug damage or autoimmune diseases like lupus need to be considered before committing to life long dialysis. A discussion with your doctor is needed. You need to be certain that you need dialysis in order to tolerate the life style changes coming to you. ...Read more

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What foods should be eaten by a patient after a dialysis treatment?

Food: Can really eat any food after a HD treatment just watch the high K foods and stick to your prescribed diet ...Read more

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What is the best time to dink nepro before or after dialysis treatment?

Best time for Nephro: Nephro is a product that is high in protein, and low in potassium and phosphates. If you have an 8 oz. Portion of nephro, it really does not matter when you ingest it, unless the patient is fluid overloaded. That is because hemodialysis (hd) does not remove protein. I would take it at the start of one's hd session to make sure an adequate amount of fluid, potassium and phosphorus is removed. ...Read more

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What is the heavy feeling I feel through out my whole body after missed dialysis treatment?

What is the heavy feeling I feel through out my whole body after missed dialysis treatment?

Fluid: When you miss hd, you retain more fluid and you either swell up, gain weight or get short of breath. Your electrolytes also become abnormal and your strength can go down. So don't miss your hd. ...Read more

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A 70year old man is going through dialysis but he is refusing treatment and has to be sedated in order to get dialysis. What will this do to his health?

Consent?: If he is refusing dialysis, it would typically (in a consenting patient) to sedate him in order to give him dialysis. ...Read more

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Is there an alternative treatment to dialysis?

Is there an alternative treatment to dialysis?

Yes and No: Depends on your degree of kidney failure. Transplantation is the best solution to kidney failure. There is also home dialysis therapies which patients tend to like much better than in center dialysis. Ask about your options. ...Read more

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Help please! Is dialysis the only treatment for high serum creatanine?

High creatinine: Before one starts dialysis, a 24 hour urine for creatinine clearance is done to quantify one's glomerular filtration rate (gfr). If the GFR is. ...Read more

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Are there any risks associated with undergoing kidney dialysis treatment?

Are there any risks associated with undergoing kidney dialysis treatment?

Yes, but few options: If a person with End Stage Renal Failure does NOT have dialysis or a transplant, they will die. So any risks pale in comparison to that! But yes, people can have infections or other problems with their dialysis sites, they may have blood pressure swings, muscle cramps, and a variety of other problems. Again, these are manageable. Transplant, when available, is a good choice, but not without risk. ...Read more

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Can someone with less than 95% of kidney function survive on dialysis treatment?

Here are some. ..: A patient on long-term dialysis can survive without any available renal function, i.e., even without kidneys although zero-functioning kidneys may still contribute their effects on red blood cell production and others. And some patients may recover to the state of not needing dialysis anymore if dialysis is given for some acute correctable conditions such as drug-/trauma-related renal failure. ...Read more

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Can someone with less than 95% of kidney function survive on dialysis treatment?

Yes: That would be the reason to get on dialysis as the kidneys are not clearing out the toxins, so the dialysis machine does that. 2 types of dialysis-PD&HD. Older people-above 70, tend get really wiped out after HD treatments which are 3 times a week. Survival time also depends on underlying other disease states and current functional status. ...Read more

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If only one kidney is functioning at 13%, should one go on dialysis and if I did would the treatment prevent further failure?

If only one kidney is functioning at 13%, should one go on dialysis and if I did would the treatment prevent further failure?

Judgment is needed: Overall function is measured as "gfr" or glomerular function rate, + represents the amount coming from all of your kidneys (1 or 2 native kidneys, + any transplanted kidneys). The judgment to start dialysis may be clearcut (e.g., if too much fluid is retained or potassium is too high), or less urgent. Most pts with symptoms feel better after even 1 treatment, but it won't prevent further failure. ...Read more

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When someone who undergo dialysis for almost 6-7 years and 61 years old women. She had high pottasium. Which types of treatment better? Is it operate?

Complex: The potassium elevation likely due to the renal failure being treated by dialysis. For specific advice talk to her treating doctors. Dialysis does not replace kidneys all that well but does prolong life for awhile. ...Read more

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How does a doctor know when you need a dialysis treatment?

Kidney function: A good example or analogy to how the kidney functions is comparing it to a washing machine, the kidney cleans the blood. You could make urine even if the kidney is loosing function. The function is measured by a blood test, from which a GFR is calculated. Gfr of 90 means the kidneys are cleaning the blood very well, and decreasing values like less than 10 is when you need dialysis. ...Read more

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How does one undertake kidney dialysis done; is it very uncomfortable and do you feel better after a treatment?

How does one undertake kidney dialysis done; is it very uncomfortable and do you feel better after a treatment?

Peritoneal or hemo: There are 2 types of dialysis: hemodialysis & peritoneal. Hemodialysis is generally done at a dialysis center 3x/week & requires "access" into the blood stream, a fistula is preferred, it can also be done thru a large catheter (tube) that is placed in a neck vein. After dialysis, one may feel a bit drained. Peritoneal dialysis is done at home through a catheter inserted into the abdominal cavity. ...Read more

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Hi my husband has dialysis 3times a week, monwedand fri. He has had a dental treatment and feeling unwell and decided to miss today. Will he be ok?

Not a good idea: The best plan is to share his symptoms with the people at the dialysis center so they can evaluate his feeling unwell. Skipping treatment may just make him feel worse and poses risk to his well being. Get him back in touch with the center to schedule a session right away. ...Read more

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Can the hospital force your love to a nurseing home if they mess her up and they don't have the treatment for her she have a trac and kidney done fail so she dialysis

Can the hospital force your love to a nurseing home if they mess her up and they don't have the treatment for her she have a trac and kidney done fail so she dialysis

Hello.: Hello. You stated that the hospital does not provide the type of treatment that your loved one needs, so they may not have a choice. If they occupy a bed for someone who they can't realistically treat, if could prevent another patient from getting care. You indicated that your loved one's health problems were caused by the hospital. Avvo. Com also has a legal site to get free input from attorney's you may wish to consult that site. ...Read more