What is Hemodialysis
So you have just been told by your doctor that both of your kidneys have started failing and you will be required to require sessions of Hemodialysis for the same. The reason for the same according to your doctor is either the End stage Renal Disease or the Chronic Kidney Disease. Obviously, there will be a zillion questions and a trillion thoughts that will be crossing you mind. You will also be feeling a lot of different emotions. Anger, depression, a feeling of being overwhelmed, frustration dejection, all at the same time! You are bound to be worried and may even feel that there is no one to listen to you and understand what are you are going through at this very moment. STOP! Take a deep breath. Take some more air… and now RELAX! Take some time off and come to terms with the shock that you have just got. Then think about all the possible alternative courses that you can resort to and choose the one that suits you the best in terms of your health.
Treatment for kidney failure with the help of Hemodialysis and other procedures is going to be a long journey that you have to undertake whether you like it or no. As such, it is perfectly all right to feel overwhelmed about the entire issue and take time to come to terms with it. But once you do, make sure that you start making yourself aware of the different procedures required to be carried out for treatment, especially Hemodialysis. Here is a basic introduction to the entire procedure.
Basically during Hemodialysis, a tube is connected to the artery of the patient which is made to run through a filtering machine. This machine then does the job of the kidneys. That is, to clean the blood from the body by drawing it out. Once the cleaning process is completed, the blood is pumped back into the body by the very same machine.
For a person who can be said to be moderately healthy, Hemodialysis will be required about three times every week. Hemodialysis is known to be usually associated with infections and also with the complications related to kidney failure such as low blood pressure, diseases & infections or any other such issues. Also, it is usually done in a special care center situated either in the hospital itself or as an independent facility.
On a concluding note, keep in mind that it may take time for you to feel better after a session of Hemodialysis. This is because while cleaning your blood and getting rid of the toxins, the procedure also takes away some vital fluids of the body that will have to be regenerated.