Are there any serious complications from dialysis?


Serious complications can develop from dialysis, especially if your treatment plan is not followed correctly or if your symptoms are not monitored carefully. For example, healthy kidneys can filter substances, such as protein, better than dialysis can. A buildup of proteins in the blood can cause symptoms similar to arthritis pain, stiffness, and fluids in the joints. Excess fluid is another concern during dialysis; this can cause heart failure or fluid in the lungs. You must also be aware of potential infection, which can occur at the access site. Following a consistent dialysis treatment plan and appropriate diet will help avoid or lessen the severity of some of the more serious complications related to dialysis.

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Healthy kidneys remove waste from your blood and produce hormones your body needs. If your kidneys fail, you either need a kidney transplant or dialysis. Dialysis is a procedure that uses a machine to perform many of the functions ...

of the kidney. Dialysis can help prevent problems resulting from kidney failure and it allows people with kidney failure to live productive lives. Dialysis filters your blood, and like a health kidney, removes waste from your blood. Patients using dialysis are also required to follow a strict diet in order to stay healthy. There are two types of dialysis: hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. There are different advantages and disadvantages with both hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. Talk to your doctor about which type of dialysis would work better for you.

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