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What Happens If We Decide Not to Do Dialysis

Posted:by kidneytc  Time:2015-11-08 10:21

Topics: Kidney Failure Symptoms Kidney Failure Treatment Dialysis

Details: Patient: I have been doing dialysis for four years and was wondering what would happen if I decided not to do it any more?

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Doctor: What happens if we decide not to do dialysis. Dialysis is used by kidney failure patients to cleanse blood. When we take dialysis, blood is made out of our body and filtered by a machine outside the body. As blood is cleansed outside the body, blood that flow through kidney reduces. Under such a condition, residual kidney tissues can not get nutrients and oxygen from blood, along with high workload, they die finally. You said you have been doing dialysis for 4 years, so it is very possible that you have lost all of your kidney function. So do you still pass urine currently? If yes, there is chance to restore some of your kidney function with Chinese medicine treatment like Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy, Mai Kang Mixture, Medicinal Foot Bath and Medicinal Soup. You can live normally if you stop dialysis when your GFR (Glomerular Filtration Rate) is improved to be higher than 15.

You know healthy kidneys play lots of role in our body. They not only regulate our blood pressure, cleanse our blood, maintain electrolyte balance, maintain acid-base balance, but also secrete hormone to maintain our life activity. When kidneys lose their working ability, we suffer from various health issues. You need dialysis because it can cleanse blood. If you stop dialysis without taking any treatment to improve your kidney function firstly, toxins that can be removed by dialysis will build up in blood. These toxic substances not only further damage kidney, but also damage other parts of our body like our nerve system, our heart, our gastrointestinal tract, our bone and so on.

All in all, it is not wise to skip dialysis casually or decide not to do dialysis without taking any actions before that because of what will happen. If you are really tired of taking dialysis, you can try alternative treatment to restore kidney function firstly. If there is no chance to restore your kidney function again, kidney transplant is recommended for you.

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