Dialysis is a treatment that does some of the things done by healthy kidneys. It is needed when your own kidneys can no longer take care of your body's needs.
When is dialysis needed?
You need dialysis when you develop end stage kidney failure --usually by the time you lose about 85 to 90 percent of your kidney function and have a GFR of <15.
What does dialysis do?
When your kidneys fail, dialysis keeps your body in balance by:
· removing waste, salt and extra water to prevent them from building up in the body
· keeping a safe level of certain chemicals in your blood, such as potassium, sodium and bicarbonate
· helping to control blood pressure
Do dialysis patients feel normal?
Many patients live normal lives except for the time needed for treatments. Dialysis usually makes you feel better because it helps many of the problems caused by kidney failure. You and your family will need time to get used to dialysis.
Can dialysis patients continue to work?
Many dialysis patients can go back to work after they have gotten used to dialysis. If your job has a lot of physical labor (heavy lifting, digging, etc. ), you may need to get a different job.
There have any other therapy except dalysis
That is an external application of Chinese herbal medicine which combines with osmosis device. It is very a convenient for patients. During the treatment, patients just need to lie in the bed, and they can talk
with others, watch TV, read book, listen music etc. Under the help of osmosis device, the active ingredients of herbal medicine can permeate into kidney lesions directly. They can help repair kidney damage and enhance kidney cells’ self-handling ability through certain functions( such as dilating blood circulation, anti-inflammation,
anti-coagulation, degrading extracellular matrix and supplying necessary nutrients, etc)
In addition, foot bath and acupuncture also is widely used for treating kidney disease.