For many people with kidney failure, dialysis or a kidney transplant enables them to live longer and enjoy their quality of life. However, this may not be the case for everyone and each person has the right to choose how—or if—they want to receive treatment for chronic kidney disease. Without life-sustaining dialysis or a kidney transplant, once a person with kidney disease reaches stage 5 (end stage renal disease or ESRD), toxins build up in the body and death usually comes within a few weeks.
Kidney failure can be acute (sudden) or chronic (long-standing). Acute renal failure is a sudden loss of the kidney’s ability to remove waste. It can be caused by certain diseases, extremely low blood pressure as a result of illness, injury, surgery, or certain infections. Chronic renal failure is the slow loss of kidney function over time. Chronic kidney disease is usually caused by diabetes or high blood pressure but can be caused by many other diseases as well. The final stage of chronic kidney disease is called end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Patients who find themselves faced with the choice to continue or stop dialysis almost always have ESRD.
When Discontinuing Dialysis Is Considered
Dialysis is a life-sustaining treatment and very beneficial when used appropriately, but it is important to recognize that dialysis also has limitations. It may not be beneficial to prolong life with dialysis if the quality of life suffers dramatically. Prolonging life with dialysis may actually be prolonging the dying process for some patients, which is usually not desirable. It’s generally agreed upon that patients might consider stopping dialysis if:
(1) The patient also has an acute illness that will cause a great deal of disability if he survives (for example, a stroke).
(2) The patient has a progressive and untreatable disease (diabetes, or cancer, for example).
The patient has dementia or some other severe neurological disorder.
What treatment can we provide in our hospital?
Here we mainly use traditional Chinese medicine treatment to repair patient’s damaged kidney cells and improve renal function. For patients whose condition is not too seriously, this treatment will have obvious effect. If you are interested, you can send email to us, our email address is 2110253874, or whatsapp 008615230829917. We will reply you within 24hours.