Question: My doctor told me that I have stage 4 kidney failure, because my creatinine is 5 and kidney function is 12%. Also, nurses in dialysis center is providing for me to do a fistula. Is dialysis a must for me.
Answer: From your description, we can know your kidney function is still kept in 12%. Even though your creatinine level is much higher than the normal, it doesn’t mean you must do dialysis in the near future. If you don’t have any severe complications such as higher potassium level than 6.5, refractory hypertension or serious swelling, it is possible for to delay dialysis or even avoid it.
To achieve this goal, some treatments that can replace damaged kidneys or repairing kidney cells are needed. The following are some treatments options, and you can consult the doctor online to see which one is suitable for you.
1. Blood Purification: Similar to dialysis, it also aims at cleansing the blood by doing kidneys’ work, and it can help reduce the side effects of dialysis and protect remaining kidney function.
2. Immunotherapy: It is reported that more than 80% of kidney diseases are due to immune disorders, so Immunotherapy is created to normalize immune system and repair damaged kidney cells.
3. Stem Cell Therapy: Through using stem cells to differentiate into impaired kidney cells, this therapy can help rebuild kidney structure.