What is Dialysis?
Dialysis is a treatment available for those with decreased kidney function. Typically a person with stage 5 kidney failure will need dialysis treatments. Traditionally when people think about dialysis they think of the Hemodialysis but there is another treatment option called Peritoneal Dialysis. The purpose of these treatments is to remove waste from the body as the kidneys would. It is important that each person be aware of both options before deciding the right one for their lifestyle. When kidney failure reaches stage 4, these treatment options as well as understanding the kidney transplant process is necessary.
This more well know treatment option requires a minor surgery in order to create an access point. This is typically in the arm and is called a fissure. Blood is drawn out of the body usually in the arm vein and is run through a machine that cleans the blood, removing the toxins. Then the clean blood is returned to the body through the fissure point. Every person is different and will require different amounts of treatment with hemodialysis. The amount of days and the length of the treatments will be discussed with your dialysis team. Hemodialysis is typically done in a dialysis center 3 times a week and takes about four hours.
This option for dialysis serves the same purpose as hemodialysis, to clean the blood but this is accomplished in a much different manner. Peritoneal dialysis requires a minor surgery made in the stomach to create an access area where a tube will stay. This tube will connect to a dialysis machine and instead of drawing blood out of the body, a water substance specially designed to draw in toxins is placed inside the empty gut area called the peritoneal cavity (not your stomach). Left for a period of time, this specialized water attracts all of the toxins and then the water is pulled back out from the same tube thus cleaning the body. Peritoneal dialysis is completed at home and treatments are typically administered everyday for 8 hours. Most people choose to do treatments at night while they sleep.
Which One is Better?
Because every person is different and their medical needs are too, a doctor will discuss each option and go over the best treatment option for them.
Where We Need Help
Awareness through Education: There are many misconceptions about dialysis. Some people assume that only elderly people require dialysis, others do not understand that dialysis is not a permanent solution, a kidney transplant is the best option. Global Kidney Health wants to educate the millions of people around the world that are unaware of the realities of this disease and we hope to increase the number of donors.
There are many wonderful organizations that allow people to register to become donors and we support those established organizations. Our goal is to research new drugs and treatments of CKD with the goal of slowing the progression of the disease. With funds raised through this website and other GKH outreach, we invest in the research departments that focus on education, and researching cutting edge technologies and medicine to treat kidney disease. We also educate the public in new diet ideas that are more fit for a realistic lifestyle, and the breakthroughs in medical advancement in the treatment of CKD. If you would like to share your story of living with CKD caused by diabetes and how it has affected you, please contact us.
“63% of patients on dialysis are under the age of 65. 2 million people worldwide are affected with end stage renal disease.”
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