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 are the effects of fluid build-up caused by dialysis?
- Q What are the most common side effects of dialysis?
- Q How will my healthcare team react if I want to stop dialysis?
- Q Is dialysis a new medical treatment?
- Q How can I tell my family that I want to stop dialysis?
- Q What information do transient dialysis centers need from travelers?