When it comes to End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), dialysis is one thing that we have to mention and this is because dialysis is deeply believed to be the only option for End Stage Renal Disease patients who can not find a proper donor. Dialysis indeed helps a lot for End Stage Renal Disease patients to sustain their life span and remit bothersome symptoms like vomiting. However, this does not mean dialysis is the only method to deal with failed kidneys in clinic. For ESRD patients, it is necessary to learn the following several facts regarding dialysis.
1. Dialysis is just one of the blood purification technics
Dialysis is a medical procedure in which blood is filtered outside patient’s body through a machine. It is just one of the blood purification technics in clinic. And aside from it, there are immune adsorption, plasma exchange, hemoperfusion and hemofiltration. They focus on removing different types of toxins from blood and for hemodialysis, it only can help to remove small molecular substances like creatinine and urea nitrogen.
Dialysis helps to remove excess creatinine out of blood, but this does not mean serum creatinine level will be in the normal range after dialysis. In some cases of End Stage Renal Disease, it is common to see patients complain high creatinine level after dialysis. For this problem, there are different causes in clinic, and patients need to take corresponding medical measures to deal with this problem.
3. When End Stage Renal Disease patients should start dialysis depends on their exact illness condition
Dialysis is life-saving in many cases of End Stage Renal Disease, but this does not mean all the patients need to start dialysis as quickly as possible after the diagnosis. Actually, when an End Stage Renal Disease patient start dialysis depends on their exact illness condition. In theory, dialysis is suggested when serum creatinine level increase to 5, but in reality, patients can live a very long time without dialysis as long as they have no severe symptoms like nausea, vomiting and fluid retention in lung.
4. Dialysis can not cure End Stage Renal Disease
Although dialysis is the most commonly used method for End Stage Renal Disease, unfortunately, it can not cure kidney problem. Kidney is the organ that helps to remove harmful substances in blood. When End Stage Renal Disease is formed, kidneys fail to work properly and consequently, large amounts of harmful substances build up in blood, which may cause damages on other body organs or body tissues. Dialysis can help to remove these wastes out of the blood, so it is necessary for End Stage Renal Disease patients. However, dialysis can not repair kidney damages, so kidney function can not be improved, even if a little, after dialysis.
5. Long-term application of dialysis will cause lots of side effects
Dialysis is not a long-term solution for End Stage Renal Disease patients, as it can cause lots of side effects like headache, constipation, low blood pressure, muscle cramp, itching skin, fatigue, sleeping difficulties and infection and so on. It is necessary for people who are going to dialysis to master the knowledge about how to deal with these problems
Lastly, we should accept the role of dialysis in treatment for End Stage Renal Disease, but we also need to be clear about that dialysis is not the only option for End Stage Renal Disease patients who still have urine output and they can get their kidney condition improved with proper Chinese herbs.
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