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Doctor insights on: What Can Go Wrong During A Kidney Dialysis Treatment

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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

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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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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Can you please tell me about kidney dialysis?

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

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How serious is kidney dialysis for someone twice weekly ?

How serious is kidney dialysis for someone twice weekly ?

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 more

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What 2 expect from kidney dialysis? 65 years old. What 2 be concerned about?

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

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How does kidney dialysis machine work?

How does kidney dialysis machine work?

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

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Can kidney dialysis effect male fertility ?

Can kidney dialysis effect male fertility ?

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 (Definition)

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