Dialysis is one common life-sustaining therapy for innumerable people with end stage renal disease (ESRD), also known as kidney failure. In the following we will give you details of dialysis.
What Is Dialysis?
Dialysis is a kind of replacement therapy which plays a role as artificial kidneys to eliminate metabolite out of human body through blood purification of two modes: hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. No one wants to take it through it is unavoidable under certain condition.
Standards of Dialysis
In general, dialysis is commonly suggested to patients when their creatinine level reaches 5.0mg/dl. As a matter of fact, there is no direct relation between creatinine level and dialysis that urgent dialysis should be started when certain situations appear even though your creatinine level is not that high, which includes serum potassium level for more than 7mmol/L, BUN level exceeds 54mmol/L, pH level for less than 7.25, etc. Nevertheless, dialysis can be postponed if your creatinine level exceeds normal level completely without obvious complications while still have some certain urine output.
In a word, dialysis should be applied according to specific condition.
The Merits and Demerits
Dialysis plays the role of kidneys to maintain daily functional operation of human body, which is able to eliminate blood stasis of small molecule such as wastes, toxins, excess salt and fluid out of blood flow so as to keep the balance of water, electrolyte and acid-base. Besides, it helps control blood pressure, keep patients alive and feeling better.
Hemodialysis is a good short-term solution, which allows patients to find a donor or be treated by other treatment which helps recover kidney function.
Peritoneal dialysis is neat and convenient that patients don’t need to go to a hospital 3-4 times a week for up to 6-8 hours, which can be done in the comfort of your own home while you are asleep.
While it is very time-consuming, dialysis is a change in lifestyle since you spend about 12 hours a week dialyzing. Diet changes entirely and patients will always be at risk for infections. Moreover, it brings about numerous complications like headaches, skin itching, leg cramps, chest pain, fever, nausea, vomiting, which is halfway and temporary method rather than treating CKD fundamentally from the root causes. Patients may notice the decreased urine output with the dialysis treatment, which indicates gradual decline of renal function.
The Current Problems
Living with dialysis treatment, increasing patients find their kidney functions still decline and there are still a mass of side effects of dialysis for kidney failure patients, which may be life-threatening.
With the development of medical treatment, patients have realized that dialysis aims at easing superficial renal problems temporarily and perfunctorily rather than repairing damaged structures and functions of nephron from the root. The gradual decrease in urine output can tell the gradual loss of kidney function with long-term of dialysis treatment.
Therefore, more and more patients on dialysis want to get rid of dialysis.
In fact, it is difficult to confirm specific life expectancy attributes to varying condition of individuals which have distinct diseased cause, region, age, gender and life style. Some related materials show that the average life expectancy for dialysis patients is 4.25 years while only 23% of dialysis patients can live for 10 years.
Is It Possible to Get out of Dialysis?
As a matter of fact, dialysis is able to get out of in most cases with timely and effective treatment. Although kidney transplant used to be the only way to avoid dialysis, natural treatments are applied latterly to purify blood flow as well as supplement deficient elements, thus repairing damaged renal tissues and cells and restoring renal functions fundamentally. These medical therapies include Blood Purification Therapy, Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy, Immunotherapy, Stem Cell Therapy, etc.
Generally speaking, your doctor will advise you on what dietary measures you need to take so as to improve the life quality when you are on dialysis. For example, you may also be told to limit foods that are rich in phosphorus and potassium and to eat a high-protein diet.
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