Once your kidney function worsens, dialysis education and preparation begins. When your kidneys fail, you will need dialysis to keep your body in balance. Dialysis removes waste, salt and extra water and also helps to keep a safe level of certain chemicals in your blood, such as potassium, sodium and bicarbonate. It also help to control your blood pressure too.
Kidney failure is usually permanent but not always. Acute kidney failure may get better after treatment. Some acute kidney failure cases only need dialysis for a short time until the kidneys get better.
With chronic or end stage kidney failure, your kidneys do not get better and you will need dialysis for the rest of your life, unless you receive a kidney transplant.
There are three types of dialysis:
Home Peritoneal dialysis
During stage 3-4 your physician will begin education on the different types of dialysis. You will also begin patient education classes with dialysis support staff who will re-enforce dietary compliance and disease management as well as surgical referral for dialysis access placement.
Our team of Physicians provides dialysis in multiple Little Rock, North Little Rock, and Jacksonville locations.