What Is Dialysis And Nephrology?
Living with kidney issues is an experience that can reshape a person’s life. Kidneys play a crucial role in filtering out waste and extra fluids from the blood, maintaining salt and mineral balances, and regulating blood pressure. When these functions are compromised due to chronic or acute kidney issues, it brings with it a cascade of challenges, both medical and emotional.
Patients with kidney conditions often must undergo regular dialysis treatments, which perform the function of the kidneys artificially, removing toxins and excess fluid from the bloodstream. There are two main types of dialysis, depending on a patient’s specific kidney issue: hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis.
Given the pivotal role of the kidneys and the many conditions that can affect them, having dedicated nephrology and dialysis services is exceedingly important. Ascentist Healthcare not only treats patients with severe kidney ailments but also assists in early detection, preventive measures, and comprehensive management of kidney health.
From state-of-the-art equipment and facilities to a team of dedicated and seasoned professionals, our goal at Ascentist Healthcare is to ensure that every patient on dialysis feels informed, empowered, and supported on their journey to improved kidney health.
Common Kidney-Related Conditions We Treat
- Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)
- Acute Kidney Injury
- Polycystic Kidney Disease
- Kidney Stones
- End-stage Renal Disease (ESRD)
- Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
- Electrolyte Imbalances
Common Kidney-Related Treatments We Offer
- Peritoneal Dialysis
- Kidney Transplant
- Dietary Changes
Frequently Asked Questions
How often will I need dialysis treatments?
The frequency of dialysis treatments varies depending on the patient’s specific needs and the type of dialysis. Hemodialysis typically requires three sessions per week, while peritoneal dialysis might be done daily.
Can I travel if I’m on dialysis?
Absolutely! With proper planning, many dialysis patients travel frequently. It’s crucial to discuss travel plans with the care team to ensure continuity of treatment.
What dietary restrictions will I need to follow?
Patients on dialysis often need to make changes in their diet. This might include limiting fluids, eating a low-protein diet, or reducing salt, potassium, phosphorus, and other electrolytes.
How do I know if I’m a candidate for a kidney transplant?
Not everyone is a suitable candidate for a kidney transplant. Several factors, including health, age, and medical history, are considered.
Are there any alternatives to dialysis?
While dialysis is the most common treatment for advanced kidney failure, treatments such as kidney transplants might be an option for certain patients. Early detection and appropriate management can also delay or prevent the need for dialysis.