what is Dialysis?
When the kidneys fail to perform their duties of removing extra fluid and waste products, toxins build up in the blood causing critical health problems. Dialysis is a treatment service that performs some of the duties that the kidneys are no longer able to. This life-saving procedure can alleviate symptoms of kidney failure and increase life expectancy. Haven Health’s dedicated team of skilled nursing professionals is dedicated to providing quality care and dialysis treatment to those in need. Our experienced health team ensures a safe environment, diligent care, and quality treatment that supports the dignity and respect of our residents.
How long can a person on dialysis live?
Life expectancy while on dialysis varies depending on underlying conditions, how well your treatment plan is followed, and a number of other contributing factors. Average life expectancy is 5 to 10 years when undergoing dialysis. However, this is not always the rule. Many individuals have lived fulfilling lives for more than 20 years while receiving dialysis treatment. Contact us today for a free consultation:
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Dialysis is a procedure that removes waste products and excess fluid from the blood when the kidneys are no longer able to. The process of dialysis consists of diverting the blood into a machine where it is cleaned and returned to the body.
There are two main types of dialysis: hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis.
The most common dialysis treatment is hemodialysis. During the procedure, a needle is inserted into the arm and passes blood along a tube into a dialysis machine. The machine filters the blood before passing it back into the arm along a separate tube. This procedure is typically performed three days a week, each session lasting approximately four hours. However, frequency and duration can vary from person to person.
Peritoneal dialysis differs in that it uses the inside lining of the abdomen as the filter, rather than a dialysis machine. This procedure requires an incision near the belly button where a thin tube is permanently inserted. Fluid is then pumped into the peritoneal cavity through the tube. As blood passes through the lining of the peritoneal cavity, waste products and fluid are drawn out into the dialysis fluid. The contaminated fluid is drained into a bag and replaced with uncontaminated fluid. The process of changing the fluid generally takes 30 to 40 minutes and needs to be repeated approximately four times a day.
For more information on dialysis treatment that is right for you, talk to medical professionals about the best available options for creating an individualized treatment plan.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can kidneys start working again after dialysis?
For individuals experiencing acute kidney failure, the kidneys are capable of working again. This process can take several weeks to months after the underlying cause is treated. Dialysis treatment is necessary until then. Should the kidneys fail completely, they will be unable to begin working properly again, and dialysis treatment will be necessary for the remainder of life or until a transplant occurs.
If you or a loved one are in need of dialysis treatment, our experienced and compassionate team provides comprehensive care with skilled services to ensure overall health and well-being. Our state-of-the-art Respiratory Care Unit at Haven Health houses a spacious Dialysis Suite and provides respiratory treatments and procedures as well as dialysis services to best meet your individual needs.
Our around-the-clock therapy, skilled medical team, and top-of-the-line equipment support the achievement of the best possible patient outcomes. At Haven Health, our main focus is patient-centered care. We strive to support our residents and help them achieve and maintain respect and dignity, and improve their quality of life. Our knowledgeable medical staff is ready to answer any questions you may have and assist you in obtaining the care and treatment you need.
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