Today we’ll be discussing the nitty gritty on dialysis – a life-saving medical treatment for individuals with kidney failure. In this blog post, we'll delve into what dialysis is, its types, functions, and how it integrates into the lives of those who need it.
Breaking Down Dialysis – What is it? When is it used?
Dialysis is a treatment that performs the functions of healthy kidneys. It's primarily used when someone suffers from significant kidney failure - typically when kidneys function at less than 10-15% of their normal capacity. This treatment is critical in removing waste, salt, and extra water to prevent them from building up in the body, while ensuring a safe level of certain chemicals in your blood, such as potassium and sodium.
Types of Dialysis
There are two main types of dialysis: Hemodialysis and Peritoneal Dialysis.
This is the most commonly administered form of dialysis. During hemodialysis, blood is taken out of your body, filtered through a machine to remove waste and excess fluids, and then returned to your body. This can be done at a dialysis center or at home.
In this method, the lining of the abdomen acts as a natural filter. A cleansing solution, called dialysate, flows into the abdomen through a catheter. The dialysate absorbs waste and fluid and is then drained from the abdomen.
What Does Dialysis Do?
The primary function of dialysis is to replicate the cleaning process of the kidneys. It is vital in:
Removing waste, excess salt, and water from the body
Maintaining a safe level of certain chemicals in your blood
Helping control blood pressure
Preparation and Maintenance for Dialysis Treatment
Patients on dialysis may need to adjust their physical activities. Regular exercise is encouraged, but it should be tailored to individual capabilities and health conditions.
Since your kidneys can no longer filter waste efficiently, diet plays a crucial role in managing your overall health. It often involves limiting fluid intake and certain nutrients like potassium, phosphate, and sodium.
ANC’s In-House Dietitian
At ANC, we understand the crucial role of diet in managing dialysis. That's why we have an in-house dietitian who specializes in kidney health. Our dietitian can work with you to create a personalized nutrition plan that aligns with your dialysis treatment and lifestyle needs.
At ANC, we are committed to providing the highest quality care for our patients. Dialysis can be a challenging journey, but you don't have to walk it alone. With our team of specialists, including in-house dietitians and dedicated healthcare professionals, we are here to support you every step of the way.
If you or a loved one needs dialysis, contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help you manage your kidney health. Until next time, stay healthy!