About to start dialysis? Here’s what you should know.
If one of our El Paso, TX, doctors have recently told you that you are dealing with end-stage kidney failure then chances are good that we’ve already talked about your treatment options. Patients who have lost nearly full kidney function can benefit from dialysis, a treatment that helps to remove waste from the body in the same way that healthy kidneys do. If you’re about to undergo dialysis here’s what you should know,
Dialysis Performs Multiple Functions
Dialysis helps to balance out the body by performing all of the tasks that normal kidneys would perform. This includes regulating blood pressure, balancing out chemicals within the bloodstream (e.g. sodium; potassium) and removing waste and salt from the body to prevent them from building up.
Dialysis Treatment Times will Vary
Our El Paso, TX, kidney specialists will need to look at several factors to determine how many sessions you will need a week and for how long. Factors include how much waste is present within the body, your physical size and at what percentage your kidneys are functioning. The average treatment lasts about four hours, and most people will require three treatments a week.
You May Need Dialysis for Life
If your kidneys have failed then dialysis is the only way to remove excess waste from the body and to keep you healthy. Your doctor can talk to you about your treatment options to help you determine whether you should consider a transplant.
Dialysis isn’t Needed for All Chronic Kidney Diseases
There are multiple stages of chronic kidney disease but you probably won’t need dialysis until your kidney function falls below 15 percent, according to the National Kidney Foundation; however, your doctor may also recommend dialysis if you are dealing with severe symptoms such as shortness of breath, vomiting or muscle cramps.
If you or someone you love is dealing with kidney failure our El Paso, TX, nephrologists can provide you with customized, compassionate care. Call Kidney Consultants of El Paso at (915) 544-7767 to schedule an evaluation.