How long can I live on dialysis?

Now that doctors know more about how to treat kidney failure, people with the condition can live longer and have more active lives. Your overall health and how well you follow your treatment plan are important in how well you do. If you choose dialysis, it is important to get the right dose of dialysis. Studies have shown that people on dialysis do better and live longer when they get enough treatment. Your dialysis care team can measure how much dialysis you receive. This should be done on a regular basis to make sure treatments are cleaning enough wastes out of your blood.

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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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