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Is there anything I should be doing right now to assist me in preparation for dialysis when the time comes? (the do's and don't s ). Thank you.

Is there anything I should be doing right now to assist me in preparation for dialysis when the time comes? (the do's and don't s ). Thank you.

Yes: If you have renal insufficiency ("pre-dialysis" kidney disease) you should consider getting a fistula placed. Since you have some klidney function you are a better surgical candidate, will heal better, and can get a native vein fistula (the best kind). Don't wait until you start dialysis because you may need a catheter (which is not good). ...Read more

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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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What is dialysis?

What is dialysis?

Kidney failure treat: Kidneys are vital to keep the body in a stable condition, removing waste products, keeping water and electrolytes within very narrow range required for normal function of all the organs. With kidney failure this can be done by dialysis either hemodialysis where blood is filtered through an external machine or using the lining od the abdomen (peritoneal membrane) as a filtering mechanism. ...Read more

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How is dialysis performed?

Dialysis: Dialysis can be done through the blood (hemodialysis) or through the abdomen (peritoneal dialysis). Hemodialysis involves passing the blood across and filter to purify it / remove toxins and remove water. Peritoneal dialysis takes advantage of the membrane within the abdomen to act as a filter. In either case toxins are removed from the blood stream. ...Read more

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What exactly will dialysis do?

Clean blood: Dialysis removes waste products from the blood and extra fluids to replace the function of the kidneys and prolong life. Without it death is usually eminent in a few months more or less. The quality of life on dialysis is less than that with functioning kidneys due to substantial fatigue and other medical problems and medications. ...Read more

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How old is to old for dialysis?

How old is to old for dialysis?

Depends: Age itself is just a number. What is more important is how likely is dialysis going to improve the patient's quality of life. If a patient has a terminal illness or multi-organ failure, some kidney doctors will not recommend dialysis. ...Read more

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Can I have children on dialysis?

Less likely: Fertility is significantly decreased in patients on dialysis, but it is still possible to have children. If you become pregnant, however, your likelihood of a successful pregnancy are much lower. If it is not your intention to become pregnant, make sure that you are using some form of birth control. ...Read more

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What exactly does dialysis mean?

Filter: Dialysis does the work of kidneys, acts like kidney filter. Removes the extra fluid and wastes, toxins that accumulate in the body. ...Read more

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Will dialysis affect my employment?

Will dialysis affect my employment?

Possibly: If you are on hemodialysis, then you will have to be at an in center facility three times a week for 3 to 4 hours per session. This form of dilaysis makes it very difficult to maintain a full time job however if you choose to perform peritoneal or home hemodialysis, they you have a better shot of maintaining a full time position. ...Read more

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When do people need to get dialysis?

Depends: Dialysis is initiated in advanced stages of kidney disease when one develop symtoms due to toxins accumulating in blood or when excess fluid builds up causing shortness of breath or swelling of thebody. Kidney doc evaluates the symptoms of the patient and correlates with level of kidney function to decide initiation of dialysis ...Read more

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When is it time to to stop dialysis?

When is it time to to stop dialysis?

See below: Dialysis is initiated if your nephrologists determines you have inadequate kidney function, some cases are reversible and they can determine if you have recovered some function and hold dialysis. ...Read more

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How long to one have to do dialysis?

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. ...Read more

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Why do you get cold during dialysis?

Why do you get cold during dialysis?

Out of body: The blood flows in tubes out of the body (~150ml), losing heat during it's path from and back to the body. ...Read more

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How many forms of dialysis are there?

2 peritoneal & hemo: The 2 types of dialysis are hemodialysis and peritoneal. Both are effective but have pros and cons. Hemodialysis is generally done at a dialysis center three times a week and requires "access" into the blood stream, a fistula is preferred. Peritoneal dialysis is done at home through a catheter (tube) inserted into the abdominal cavity. You should discuss with your nephrologist what is best for you. ...Read more

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How much time can I live on dialysis?

Life on dialysis: It is not possible to give you an definite answer. Patients on dialysis live shorter than the age-matched controls not on dialysis. A dialysis patient's life span is dependent on the patient's age at the start of dialysis and the co-morbid conditions the patient has, such as diabetes. You should ask your nephrologist (n) for an answer to your question as the n knows you the best. Good luck. ...Read more

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How will you survive without dialysis?

No dialysis and life: If the person you are talking about has end stage renal disease and needs dialysis and does not commence it, death normally occurs in 2-3 weeks. It is usually due to high potassium levels or fluid overload. ...Read more

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How long can you survive off dialysis?

Depends on Kidney Fx: Your ability to survive without dialysis is dependent on how much function is left in your kidneys. Most people can survive with greater than 10% function and everyone will die within a few days with zero function. It's a crapshoot if you're between zero and 10% so it's best to make decisions with your nephrologist if you plan on making it to christmas! ...Read more

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Can there be an alternative to dialysis?

RRT options: There are five renal replacement therapy options i always discuss with patients who are about to start dialysis. 1. Blood dialysis a) in center (hd) b) home (hhd) 2. Peritoneal (ccpd or capd) (also done at home) 3. Renal transplantation 4. Comfort care. Not everyone decides to use this technology. ...Read more

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