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How Long Does It Take To Know If Dialysis Is Really Working
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: Dialysis usually starts working after the first or second session. It really depends on the reason for starting dialysis. If its acute uremia or metabolic issues, one or two sessions will be very effective. If its chronic kidney disease that progresses to esrd, then within a few sessions dialysis will be effective. Toxins will be removed and metabolic abnormalities will be corrected. ...Read more
If a person was in a car accident and has badly damaged kidneys, how long does it take to heal? He is on dialysis....
It depends: If the kidneys were directly injured by the trauma it can be a long to permanent injury. If the kidney injury is from the shock and low blood pressure from other traumatic injuries they can recover more quickly. Your doctors who know the patient directly could give you a better answer than we can. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Stopping HD: It truly depends on several factors. The most important is the patient's residual renal function. The more the kidneys work, the longer it takes for the toxins to build up. Outside of that, there are no set time frames. I have seen patients pass within 2-5 days but I have also seen patients live for longer than 3 weeks. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No single answer: It can range from "never", to "few months" in the worst case scenario. There are red flags that are predictive of a worst outcome like uncontrolled blood pressure or massive amounts of protein in the urine. There are some equations that can help nephrologists make a reasonable prediction, but they are not quite as good as crystal balls! ...Read more
Ever since I have been on a diet, I have had problems with bowel movements. Is it safe to take laxatives once a week? Also, my husband has kidney failure. He is doing peritoneal dialysis at home. How long can he live on dialysis before he has to have a
Two questions: Laxatives should be last resort. Be sure you have at least 25 grams of fiber per day in your diet. Include prunes, apples, oatmeal, bran. Peritoneal dialysis is effective. Some folks have lived 10-15 years with dialysis before requiring a transplant. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Dialysis: I have taken care of patients who have been on dialysis for over 20 years. It really depends on the patient and how well they manage their multiple diseases. It requires care by the patient and the physician but there is no limit as to how long someone can survive on dialysis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am on dialysis. I cannot stand those fiber drinks. Can i take 2 colaces a day ? I know the gastrointerologist does not like using laxatives.
Ask Doctor: Colace can have added sodium (docusate sodium) in it, and your nephrologist may not want you taking things that can upset your electrolytes, even if it's such a small dose through your stool softener. So, consult with him/her first, and then you'll have peace of mind. Instead of the laxative drink, you maybe could do it naturally eating organic greens/vegetables instead. ...Read more
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