Treatments for kidney failure

Treatments for kidney failure

There are many treatments available for kidney failure. The type of treatment you need will depend on the reason for your kidney failure. The best treatment options are dialysis and kidney transplant.


Dialysis filters and purifies the blood using a dialysis machine. This machine performs the function of the kidneys. You must  to follow a low-potassium, low-salt diet along with dialysis.

Dialysis won’t cure kidney failure, but it will extend your life if you go to regularly scheduled treatments.

There are two kinds of dialysis. Hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis.

In hemodialysis, blood is pumped out of your body to an artificial kidney machine which includes a dialyser, and returned to your body using tubes that will connect you to the machine.
In peritoneal dialysis, the inside lining of your own belly works as a natural filter. It is done by an automated machine called CAPD (Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis)

Kidney transplant

Next treatment option is a kidney transplant. Mostly you will have to wait for a long time to receive a donor kidney that is compatible with your body, if you are having a living donor the process will go more quick.

The advantages of a transplant are that the new kidney can work greatly, and you will no longer require dialysis. The disadvantage is that you will have to take immunosuppressive drugs after the transplant throughout your life. These drugs have their own side effects, which can become serious. Moreover, a kidney transplant is not always successful.

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