Kidney failure: How to choose a treatment

Kidney failure: How to choose a treatment

The kidneys filter waste from the blood and regulate other body functions. When your kidneys fail, you need a treatment that does the work that your kidneys normally do.

If you have kidney failure you should make some decisions about your treatment. You may choose not to receive any treatment. If you choose to receive treatment, your options include hemodialysis, which uses a machine to filter blood out of your body; peritoneal dialysis, which uses the lining of your abdomen to filter the blood inside your body; and kidney transplantation, in which a new kidney is placed in your body. Each treatment has advantages and disadvantages. Your decision regarding treatment will have a major impact on your daily life, for example, on your ability to keep your job if you work. You are the one who can decide what is most important. Reading this booklet is a good way to know your options so you can make an informed decision. And, if you discover that the option you choose does not adapt well to your life, you can change your treatment. With the help of health professionals, your family and friends, you can live a full and active life

When the kidneys fail

Healthy kidneys filter the blood by removing excess fluid, minerals and waste. The kidneys also produce hormones that keep bones strong and blood healthy. When the kidneys fail, harmful waste accumulates in the body, blood pressure can rise, and the body can retain excess fluid and not produce enough red blood cells. When this happens, you need treatment to replace the job of your kidneys.

Treatment option: hemodialysis

Hemodialysis cleans and filters the blood using a machine to temporarily remove hazardous waste from the body, and excess salt and water. Hemodialysis helps control blood pressure and helps the body maintain the proper balance of important chemicals, such as potassium, sodium, calcium and bicarbonate.

Dialysis can replace part of the functions of the kidneys. Medications, special diets and restriction in the consumption of liquids are also necessary. What you can eat and drink, and how much medicine you will need will depend on the treatment you choose.


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Kenneth E OverbyPosted on12:02 am - Feb 22, 2018

Good info.

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