When you have end-stage renal disease, your kidneys can no longer function properly. This means you must either have a kidney transplant or undergo dialysis treatment. Dialysis treatment involves using a specialized machine to remove waste and excess fluid from your blood. With Cypress home dialysis, you can receive dialysis treatment in the comfort of your own home.
What is dialysis?
Dialysis is a treatment for end-stage renal disease. Dialysis allows people with kidney failure to live by working the kidneys.
There are two types of dialysis:
Hemodialysis: Hemodialysis uses a machine to remove waste and extra fluid from your blood. You will need to have this treatment three times a week, for about 4 hours each time.
Peritoneal dialysis: To clean your blood, it uses the lining of your abdomen (belly), and a specific solution called dialysate. Dialysate is a substance that absorbs waste and excess fluid from your blood. You will require therapy daily, for between 30 to 5 hours each time.
What causes kidney failure?
There are different causes, including:
Diabetes: When you have diabetes, controlling your blood sugar levels becomes more difficult. Over time, high blood sugar levels can damage your kidneys.
High blood pressure: If your blood pressure is too high, it puts extra strain on your arteries and kidneys. This can damage the arteries and cause them to harden.
Glomerulonephritis is a kidney disease that occurs when your body’s immune system attacks your kidneys.
Polycystic kidney disease is an inherited kidney disorder in which cysts (fluid-filled sacs) form in the kidneys. The cysts can grow and damage the kidneys.
What are the symptoms of kidney failure?
- Difficulty sleeping
- Frequent urination or lack of urine output
Below are the benefits of home dialysis treatment:
You can have more flexible treatment times
When you are sick, you may be unable to make it to your regular dialysis appointments. With home dialysis, you can do your treatments when you feel well. This can help you stay on schedule and maintain your health.
You can spend less time in the hospital
If you are on hemodialysis, you must go to the hospital three times a week for treatment. This can take up a lot of your time. With home dialysis, you can spend more time at home and less time in the hospital.
You can have more energy
Did you know that people on dialysis often feel tired? This is because the treatment can remove too much fluid from your blood. You can control how much fluid is removed when you do home dialysis. This can help you feel more energetic.
You can travel
If you are on hemodialysis, it can be hard to travel. This is because you will need to find a dialysis center in the area where you are traveling. Home dialysis allows you to take your treatment with you when you travel.
If you have kidney failure, home dialysis treatment could be your best option. It has many benefits that can help you live everyday life comfortably. Contact your home dialysis specialist at Houston Kidney Specialists Center to learn more about home dialysis and how it can help you.