Can Dialysis cure my kidney disease ?

Generally, no. In chronic or end-stage renal disease, your kidneys cannot recover with dialysis treatment. You will need dialysis for the rest of your life until your kidney transplant. If your doctor says you may be a candidate, you may choose to be on the waiting list for a new kidney.

However, some types of acute kidney failure heal after treatment. In these rare cases, a short period of dialysis may be required until the kidneys heal.

How is Chronic Kidney Failure Diagnosed ?

Chronic kidney disease can be diagnosed with blood and urine tests. Patients usually do a blood or urine test for another problem and chronic kidney failure is discovered by chance. 

These tests show abnormal levels of certain substances in your blood and urine that indicate that your kidneys are not working properly. 

When some values appear to be different from what they should be, it is quite possible that you have a kidney problem.


How Long Does Dialysis Take and is it Painful ?

You will usually need to go to the dialysis center about three times a week. Each session lasts three to four hours. You must continue dialysis treatment until a kidney transplant takes place.

Dialysis treatment is painless. However, some patients may experience a drop in blood pressure. This drop can cause nausea, vomiting and headaches.


What Should You Eat Before and During Hemodialysis ? 

A light meal is recommended before dialysis. Before the process starts, you can eat a snack prepared by the nutritionist.

You can bring your own snacks. Some foods (bananas, grapes, chocolate, etc.) can usually be taken during the first hour of your treatment. However, it is recommended that you do not eat during dialysis.

 The risk of hypotension may increase, especially in elderly and diabetic patients. Be careful and please consult your doctor.


Can You Still Work If You Have Dialysis ?

Many people who start dialysis or have an organ transplant want to keep their jobs. People with kidney disease can experience fatigue or weakness . Therefore They may want to review their work.

Many dialysis patients can return to work after getting used to dialysis. However ,If your job requires a lot of effort or physical work make sure it does not damage your access area.

Also , You may need to change your working hours to go to hemodialysis by talking to your manager or supervisor, or you may need a special area where you can do peritoneal dialysis.


Can Dialysis Patients Travel ?

Yes, dialysis patients or a kidney transplant can travel safely. Patients can continue their treatment while away from home. 

They may even consider the option of vacation dialysis. They can safely continue their dialysis while on vacation.

 If you use hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis (PD) at home, you should travel with your equipment  by getting approval from your dialysis care team .


How Do You Get Dialysis on Vacation ?

Most people say they enjoy traveling during dialysis. Many dialysis centers have staff experienced in performing dialysis treatments of patients away from home (temporary dialysis). 

 Some centers will help patients make their own arrangements. Ask your social worker or primary nurse if there is such a person at your center. Also , If you need dialysis, you can schedule your appointments at centers close to you on .


Can Dialysis Patients Exercise ? 

Dialysis patients tend to believe that they cannot exercise because they think it will damage the kidney. In reality, exercise is good for patients on dialysis. 

Many people with kidney disease who are on dialysis tend to lose their motivation, become depressed, and give up on any activity. 

Regular exercise makes many patients on dialysis feel better. It may be a good choice for you to exercise on your non-dialysis days or before your treatment

. Exercising after hemodialysis is not recommended as your blood pressure may be low.


When Should I Start Dialysis ?

The National Kidney Foundation guidelines recommend starting dialysis when your kidney function has dropped to 15% – less, or if you have some serious symptoms caused by your kidney disease (shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle cramps, nausea or vomiting).

Your doctor will review your lab tests that measure how much kidney function you have left.  The doctor will also help you evaluate your symptoms and decide when you should start dialysis.


Can Peritoneal Patients Swim ?

Yes, but recommended in sea water or private swimming pools. You should not swim in lakes and polluted areas of the ocean as they increase the risk of infection.

The peritoneal dialysis catheter and exit site should be covered with a transparent waterproof dressing or a colostomy bag. 

Exit point care should be done after swimming. If you take your precautions, the risk of infection is very low.







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