Renal Services (ESRD) FAQs

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Renal Services "Home"
  -- Site Services And Locations
Physicians And Staff
  -- James McAnally, MD
  -- Joseph McTernan
Hemodialysis Overview
  -- Hemodialysis Vascular Access
  -- Hemodialysis FAQ
End-Stage Renal Disease Overview
  -- End-Stage Renal FAQ
Peritoneal Dialysis Overview
  -- Peritoneal Dialysis FAQ
Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Overview
  -- Chronic Kidney Disease FAQ
THRIVE Program
  -- THRIVE Program Story 1
  -- THRIVE Program Story 2
  -- THRIVE Program Story 3
KEEP Program
-- KEEP Program Events

What does dialysis do?
Like healthy kidneys, dialysis keeps your body in balance by removing waste and fluids.

Is kidney failure permanent?
Some kinds of acute kidney failure get better after treatment. In some cases of acute kidney failure, dialysis may only be needed for a short time, until the kidneys get better.

In chronic or end stage kidney failure, your kidneys do not get better and you will need dialysis for the rest of your life or transplantation.

Where is dialysis done?
Dialysis can be done in a hospital, in a dialysis unit that is not part of a hospital, or at home

Are there different types of dialysis?
Yes, there are two types of dialysis—hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis.

Will dialysis help cure the kidney disease?
No. Dialysis does some of the work of healthy kidneys, but it does not cure your kidney disease. You will need to have dialysis treatments for your whole life unless you are able to get a kidney transplant.

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.

Do dialysis patients have to control their diets?
You will need to adjust your diet, and you will need to limit how much you drink. Your diet may vary according to the type of dialysis that you are being treated with.

Can dialysis patients travel?
Yes. Dialysis centers are located in every part of the United States and in many foreign countries. The staff at your center may help you make the appointment where you vacation.

Can dialysis patients continue to work?
Yes, many dialysis patients can continue to work while being treated with dialysis.



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