Dialysis is time-consuming and can have serious side effects such as low blood pressure, muscle cramps, and infection. Experts arent sure that starting dialysis before you have symptoms helps you live longer than if you wait until your kidneys are working very poorly.
How long can you survive on dialysis?
Average life expectancy on dialysis is 5-10 years, however, many patients have lived well on dialysis for 20 or even 30 years. Talk to your healthcare team about how to take care of yourself and stay healthy on dialysis.
How long does it take for dialysis to make you feel better?
Most people feel better within a week or two after starting dialysis. But it can sometimes take longer to see a change in your symptoms.
Do dialysis patients lose weight?
Weight loss on dialysis has been associated with lower rates of survival; however, few studies have distinguished between intentional and non-intentional weight loss and, especially in early dialysis follow-up, rapid weight loss may be a sign of poor pre-dialysis care and of cardiac disease, which are both associated ...
Is dialysis permanent or temporary?
While kidney failure is often permanent – beginning as chronic kidney disease and progressing to end-stage kidney disease – it can be temporary. If one experiences acute kidney failure, dialysis is only necessary until the body responds to treatment and the kidneys are repaired. In these cases, dialysis is temporary.
Can I refuse dialysis?
Can I really stop dialysis treatment if I want to? Yes, dialysis patients are allowed to make decisions about stopping dialysis treatment. You are encouraged to discuss your reasons for wanting to stop treatment with your doctor, other members of your health care team and your loved ones before making a final decision.