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Does Dialysis Always Work
Work on dialysis: Many patients on dialysis continue to work full time.The biggest obstacle tends to be the time spent doing dialysis, with schedules that can be fairly rigid. However now hemodialysis treatments can be done at home, or overnight in some centers, and cycled peritoneal dialysis can be done overnight at home. Your underlying medical condition is also a big factor in determining your ability to work. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Dialysis machine: The purpose of a dialysis machine (D) and the artificial kidney (A) used on it is to replace the function of the kidneys of an end stage renal disease kidney patient which do not work. The A filters the blood of the patient removing waste products and water the diseased kidneys of the patient cannot do. This prevents the patient dying of kidney failure. The D does not affect the patient's kidneys. ...Read more
Removes waste, fluid: Dialysis takes over two important functions of the kidney: removing waste products & removing excess fluid. There are two basic techniques: hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. In hemodialysis, blood is removed from the body, circulated through a filter much like an oil filter, and returned to the blood stream. Peritoneal dialysis uses the peritoneal membrane in the abdomen. ...Read more
Artificial kidney: The principle of dialysis machine is hard to explain in 400 characters. Like a human kidney, it filters impure blood under pressure; excess water is removed; blood toxins (prea, phosphorus, and many others) diffuse out in to the dialysate (the clean artificial fluid put in to the machine); some electrolytes might diffuse back in to blood. The relatively clean blood diffuses is returnd to the patnt. ...Read more
Blood cleaning: Blood is pumped into a filter that allows toxins to pass into a salt solution that carries them away while delivering bicarbonate and other needed minerals. Excess fluid can be removed with the filter also, the blood then returns to the patient without the toxins, with less water and with corrected acid base status. ...Read more
Filter, toxins: Dialysis does the work of kidney- removing fluids andtoxins. Blood from the patient flows on one side of the chamber and the dialysate solution which contains the optimal concentration of electrolytes on other side of the chamber. Electrolytes move along the concentration gradient, so toxins which are high in the blood, goes to the dialysate solution. ...Read more
Lifestyle and ESRD: Yes your can, but there is a bit more planning that has to be done. I urge you to go the the national kidney foundation website at www.Kidney.Org because there is whole bunch of great information about dialysis and lifestyle when you have kidney disease. I consider this website to be authentic and reliable. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Duration of dialysis: The limits of kidney dialysis are due to dialysis access issues, inflammation from artificial membrane exposure, exposure to toxic medications to control the metabolic effects of kidney disease, and the complications of kidney failure that dialysis cannot totallyprevent, like cardiovascular disease, calcium, phosphorus vitamin d and PTH abnormalities, and peripheral or autonomic nerve damage. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cleans blood: Fluid is infused into the abdomen. The fluid is separated from the abdominal organs by the peritoneal membrane. Toxins that build up in the blood will diffuse through the membrane into the fluid. This fluid is then drained from belly and that is how toxins are removed from your body. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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