Dialysis is a treatment for advanced kidney failure, which can be fatal if left untreated. When kidney failure is in an advanced stage, the only other treatment option is kidney transplant. However, certain complications caused by kidney failure can also be alleviated or lessened through a special diet. This usually means foods low in salt, protein, and potassium. Ask your doctor to refer you to a dietician, who will help design a special diet.
- Q What tests indicate whether I'm getting the right amount of dialysis?
- Q What determines my need for dialysis?
- Q How should I prepare food to avoid contamination if I am on dialysis?
- Q Are there any serious complications from dialysis?
- Q Will I need to take any medications during dialysis?
- Q What should I consider if I am on dialysis and want to travel?