Dialysis is the treatment for filtering and purifying the blood with the help of artificial machines. When the kidney is no longer able to perform its primary role, doctors suggest the dialysis treatment. Hemodialysis is one of the highly performed dialysis treatments that offers healthy wellbeing to the patient. Although it is not a permanent remedy for the kidney disease, it allows you to stay fit and live a longer life.
What is the procedure?
Hemodialysis is a type of dialysis that is highly prescribed by the physicians for filtering the blood. When kidneys are unable to perform their primary function of cleaning the blood and removing the excess waste and water from the body, dialysis is the treatment that is required to be performed.
Hemodialysis uses a machine and a man-made filter which are known as dialyzer to clean the blood. The procedure starts with the preparations such as blood test, temperature check, physical evaluation, etc. Later, a sma...
To start off with hemodialysis, you must ensure that you are the right candidate for it. The given requirements make you apt for the treatment.
Having kidney failure symptoms
10-15% of the kidney is left for functioning
Experiencing high blood pressure
Diagnostic tests showing the need for the treatment
The doctor is prescribing after a physical evaluation
Majority of people who undergo hemodialysis treatment are able to tolerate the procedure without experiencing the side effects. However, there are some risks and complications that are possessed with the treatment. Having any of the complications can be treated easily with the help of the dialysis team.
Low or high blood pressure
Amenia (Lack of red blood cells)
Infection at the dialysis site
Hemodialysis treatment can be performed both in-centre and at home. The time of the dialysis will vary as per the location of the treatment. However, it usually takes 3-4 hours for the completion of one session of Hemodialysis. Minimum of 3 sessions per week is needed for the best results.
Hemodialysis is the treatment that performs the function of the kidney when it ceases working. It becomes vital for the patient to know what he/she can expect from the treatment beforehand. Following are the expectations that an individual can keep with the treatment.
Improved quality of life
Reduced symptoms that are related to kidney problems
Lesser breathing problems and headache
High energy level
Better concentration and sleeping pattern
Better appetite and digestive system
Yes, after the hemodialysis treatment, you can live a normal life. You can begin to travel, work, exercise, and more even from the very first day of the procedure. However, for successful outcomes, additional precautions are required to be taken. Patients must find time for the dialysis without skipping a day and follow all the directions as prescribed.
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