What is dialysis?
Dialysis assists your body by executing the functions after there are issues in the kidney and it is not being able to perform the same. When it comes to the kidney, it has many roles but the most important job of the kidney is to maintain the body’s fluid balance.
When do patients require dialysis?
If the kidneys are unable to effectively filter the blood, fluid and waste products will build up to a critical level. This is when you might need to opt for dialysis treatment. The two main reasons for kidney failure are high blood pressure and diabetes. When the amount of waste products in the person’s body becomes high it can make you feel sick and then you might need dialysis. The build up time is very slow. Doctors will go for a urine test to check with the kidney function levels. There are many other indicators as well that decide the need of dialysis. If you are unable to get rid of excess body water, or are having issues with the lungs, heart, or stomach then you might be suggested to go for dialysis.
What are the types of dialysis? How do they work?
When it comes to Dialysis, it is of two types:
- Peritoneal dialysis
How does hemodialysis work?
This treatment uses a special type of filter and an external machine to completely expel the excess water and waste products from the blood.
How peritoneal dialysis works?
This treatment uses a patient’s abdominal cavity fluid through a plastic tube that is acknowledged as a peritoneal dialysis catheter to expel excess fluid and waste products.
Where do I get dialysis treatment? How long does it take? How often do I have to get it?
For the treatment for hemodialysis, you will have to go to the hemodialysis unit. This place is well equipped with machines that will help you with the dialysis treatment. This unit is the place where you can receive help with social requirements and dietary counseling. You will have to go to the dialysis unit three times a week for treatment and it lasts from 2 ½ to 4 hours.
For Peritoneal dialysis the patient has to maintain a clean surface on the catheter and abdomen, where treatment will be monitored to avoid any kind of infection. This process usually takes half an hour to accomplish and needs to be performed four to five times a day.
What are the advantages of the different types of dialysis?
If you are still thinking about the benefits you will be getting while opting for dialysis treatment, then take a look:
- As and when there is any kind of issue with your kidney, dialysis will help you keep your body balance in good condition
- It will completely remove the waste in the form of water and salt that will prevent them from taking space and building up in your body
- It will keep the chemical levels maintained in your body like sodium, potassium, bicarbonate. All these aspects will keep your blood pressure under complete control
How can patients learn more about dialysis?
If you are thinking about learning more about the dialysis approach then you can always reach out to the specialists at Blue Bliss Hospitals. You can also get maximum information while browsing about the same on the internet and going through the different videos available online.