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When Is Kidney Dialysis Needed

2014-08-06 08:10

When Is Kidney Dialysis NeededWhen is kidney dialysis is needed depends on glomerular filtration rate (GFR), kidney function and creatinine and blood urea nitrogen (BUN) level.

When should you start dialysis?

When you get Kidney Failure which means your kidney function drops to 15% or less, or if you have severe symptoms such as swelling, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle cramps, nausea or vomiting, dialysis is needed. Your doctor will help you decide when to start dialysis, based on results of lab tests that measure how much kidney function you have left and on your symptoms.

What types of dialysis are there?

There are two main types of dialysis: Hemodialysis (HD) and Peritoneal Dialysis (PD).

Hemodialysis uses a special type of filter to remove excess waste products and water from the body. Peritoneal dialysis uses a fluid that is placed into the patient’s stomach cavity through a special plastic tube to remove excess waste products and fluid from the body.

You can search on our website to get more information about these two types of dialysis.

Will your kidneys get better by dialysis?

The chances that your kidneys will get better depend on what caused your kidney failure. Kidney Failure is divided into two general categories, acute and chronic. Acute Kidney Failure is often temporary. In chronic kidney failure, the kidneys normally do not heal.

In Acute Kidney Failure, when kidneys stop functioning due to a sudden stress, kidney function may recover. But when the damage to your kidneys has been continuous and progressive over a number of years, as it is in chronic kidney disease (CKD), then the kidneys usually do not get better. When CKD has progressed to end stage renal disease (ESRD), it is considered irreversible.

Is there an alternative treatment to dialysis for kidney disease?

Fortunately, the answer is yes. Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy, which is based on traditional Chinese medicines. Different from dialysis, this therapy does not only simply filtering wastes and toxins in the blood but also help repair renal intrinsic cells. In other words, this therapy can improve kidney function, which can reduce the frequency dialysis and even avoid dialysis.

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