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What Can Go Wrong During A 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
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
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
Kidney "replacement": Kidney dialysis filters out toxins and excess fluid from the blood. It is available in two forms: 1) hemodialysis - where the blood leaves the body through an enlarged vein (fistula), goes through a filter in the dialysis machine, and returns via the fistula, and 2) peritoneal dialysis - where fluid is run in and out of the abdominal cavity, using the body's peritoneal membrane as the filter. ...Read more
Hemo: To do hemo yes to do pd no. ...Read more
See below: Generally we do not advise dialysis twice a week. It is difficult to achieve clearance of waste from the blood adequately and also in some cases removal of adequate fluid from the body. Three times a week for atleast 4hours each time are being recommended now, other options are night time and home dialysis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Here are some. ..: Please direct these questions to your nephrologist who should know more about your individual conditions than some Doc like me online so she/he can address your concerns more to the point. But for general understanding, realize and accept: Life is a one-way street of accumulation, modification, and continuation from inception to eternity as well as a constant struggle to cope with reality. .. ...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 a 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. ...Read more
Chronic illness: Any chronic illness can have an impact on male fertility. One must consider the cause of the kidney failure, what medications or treatment the person has taken and is currently on, and how well they are responding to the treatment (intraperitoneal or hemodialysis). The better controlled the illness the less impact on fertility. ...Read more
Kidney failure can.: It's probably not the dialysis, but the REASON a person is on dialysis, that can impact both sexual function and fertility. For example, if a man is diabetic or has high blood pressure, he may have difficulty getting and maintaining erections as a result of the disease, the medications needed, or blood flow to the genital area. Talk to your doctor about what can be done to evaluate this! ...Read more
Please rephrase ques: Are you asking the difference between hemodialysis and plasmapheresis? ...Read more
Filters blood.: It's a complicated process, but basically dialysis involves a filter called a dialyzer that the patient's blood passes through. Potentially harmful molecules in the blood are diffused across the filter membrane and eliminated as waste. Dialysis replaces some of the function of normal kidneys, but not all. It is better to stay healthy and prevent the need for dialysis if possible. ...Read more
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
The kidneys do several tasks. Dialysis is necessary when one or more of the following occur, that can't be remedied or palliated with medications:
1. Insufficient clearance of daily toxins in food and metabolic waste
2. Insufficient clearance of excess water
3. Dangerous electrolyte imbalance, including hyperkalemia and acidosis. ...Read more
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
Machines do not dialyze the kidney. They remove toxins from the blood that the kidney normally does.
So risks are;
1. You die without dialysis. I call this a bad risk.
2. You live longer and feel better. I call this a good risk.
Other than that discuss you particular situation with your medical team. ...Read more
The kidneys are paired organs that lie on either side of the vertebral column. Part of their critical functions include the excretion of urine and removal of nitrogenous wastes products from the blood. They regulate acid-base, electrolyte, fluid balance and blood pressure. Through hormonal signals, the kidneys control the ...Read more
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