How long you stay on dialysis treatment depends on the type of kidney failure you have. If you have been diagnosed with acute kidney failure, which develops suddenly, toxins and fluids need to be removed from your blood immediately, and dialysis may be recommended. You will receive dialysis until your kidney function is restored to normal. Duration of treatment in these cases depends on the severity of your condition and the underlying disease causing acute kidney failure. If you have been diagnosed with advanced or permanent kidney failure, also referred to as chronic kidney failure, your dialysis treatment is probably long-term, but will help sustain your life and vastly improve your health.
- Q How will my healthcare team react if I want to stop dialysis?
- Q Will I need to speak to a psychiatrist if I want to stop dialysis?
- Q Is dialysis expensive?
- Q Can I go back on dialysis if I change my mind after stopping treatment?
- Q What happens between dialysis treatments?
- Q Is dialysis painful?