When kidney failure occurs the body requires dialysis to replace the function of this essential organ. Kidney failure can be caused by diabetes, hypertension and polycystic kidney disease. The kidneys may also fail after a heart attack or severe injury or as a result of surgery.
● Hemodialysis: administered by medical professionals in a hospital or center, machine is used to filter the blood, plenty of medical safeguards in place
● Peritoneal Dialysis: the body’s own tissues are used to flush waste through the use of an injected fluid, typically administers at home through a catheter, fewer dietary, and fluid restrictions but difficult to administer alone.
The National Kidney Foundation recommends starting dialysis when your kidney function drops to 15 percent or less—or if you have severe symptoms caused by your kidney disease. Your doctor will help you decide how much kidney function you have left and on your symptoms.
There are several circumstances in which dialysis is only needed for a certain period of time until kidney function returns. However, if a patient’s kidney has failed and is supported exclusively by dialysis treatments, it may be a permanent solution until the patient receives a kidney transplant.
Commercial insurance typically covers kidney failure treatment. You may qualify for coverage under Medicaid/Medicare. Our social workers can help connect you with resources on state/federal funded coverage.
Your care team will consist of a nephrologist, who will lead your care team, dialysis nurses, who will oversee your treatment, registered dietitians, who will help with your nutrition, and a social worker, who will help to improve your quality of life.