The kidneys play an important role in your body. These two bean-shaped organs are underneath the rib cage in your back on each side of your spine. The kidneys filter out toxins, waste, and excessive fluids in the blood, which is excreted in your urine. The kidneys also regulate your blood pressure, helps to maintain the right levels of vital minerals in your body, and produces a hormone that creates red blood cells. If your kidneys are not working properly, you could have chronic kidney disease, which can lead to end-stage renal disease.
You may not have any symptoms of chronic kidney disease in the early stages. As your condition progresses to end-stage renal disease, you may have symptoms that are like other illnesses.
These symptoms include:
• Loss of appetite
• Nausea and vomiting
• Swelling in the lower legs, ankles, and feet
• Chest pain and shortness of breath
• Weakness and fatigue
There are two dialysis treatment options for end-stage renal disease. The first option is hemodialysis. This is where you are hooked up to a device that draws out your blood. Your blood runs through a filtering machine, then it’s returned to your body. Treatment times may vary, but the treatment can last up to four hours and is done three times a week.
The second option is peritoneal dialysis. This is where a special fluid that cleanses your blood is injected inside your body. The fluid is then drained out of your body through a catheter. The two types of peritoneal dialysis are Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis and Automated Peritoneal Dialysis.
If you have end-stage renal disease or are suffering any symptoms of this disease, then contact Dr. Scott Hollander in New Jersey.
He will provide you with a thorough evaluation and go over the best dialysis treatment option for your situation.