The Importance of Dialysis for Kidney Failure

Kidney failure is the most severe stage of kidney disease. It’s also called end-stage renal disease (ESRD). About 15% of Americans, or 37 million, have chronic kidney disease, and over 660,000 Americans have kidney failure.

To say that dialysis is important for kidney failure is an understatement. Without a kidney transplant, you need dialysis to perform the function of your kidneys, or you’ll die. 

Our board-certified physicians at Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center offer on-site dialysis service and overall kidney disease support and management. In this blog, we share the importance of dialysis to treat kidney failure.

What is kidney failure?

Kidneys are vital to your health because they filter your blood, removing waste and excess fluid from your body. The waste is sent to your bladder and is eliminated when you urinate. 

But the kidneys do more than that. They help control your blood pressure, make red blood cells, and keep your bones healthy.

When your kidneys don’t function properly, the waste flows back into your bloodstream instead of out with your urine and can affect many aspects of your health. 

The most common cause of kidney disease is diabetes. High blood pressure, lupus, and urinary tract problems can also lead to kidney disease.

Unfortunately, there are few early kidney disease symptoms. Most diagnoses come when the condition is advanced. Kidney failure is the last stage of kidney disease.  Symptoms of kidney failure include:

There is no cure for kidney failure, but a kidney transplant or dialysis can help you go on to live a long life.

How can dialysis help you survive kidney failure?

Kidney failure is when your kidneys only perform a small percentage — about 10-15% — of their normal workload. Dialysis can help your kidneys filter waste from the bloodstream. There are two types of dialysis: hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. 

During hemodialysis, your blood leaves your body and is filtered through a machine, removing waste, harmful chemicals, and excess fluid. After your blood is filtered, it travels back to your body. 

With peritoneal dialysis, your blood stays in your body and is filtered in the lining of your abdomen. 

If your doctors determine that hemodialysis is the best treatment for you, you visit Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center a few times a week for several hours at a time. But dialysis is only part of the treatment for kidney failure. At Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center, we develop a comprehensive treatment plan so you can live a long, healthy life.

Part of a healthy life is adopting healthy habits, like exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet, and avoiding alcohol and tobacco. You also have to watch your fluid and salt intake.

Do you have kidney disease and want to find out about dialysis? Contact us at Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center to find out how to get started. We have locations in Port Jefferson Station, Hauppauge, and Riverhead, New York.

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