Frequently Asked Question (FAQs)

When should dialysis be started?

It is recommended that you start dialysis before you start to have any severe symptoms or complications of kidney disease. Your nephrologists will advise you.

Can the need for dialysis be delayed?

If someone with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) has not yet developed End Stage Renal Failure (ESRF), it may sometimes be possible to delay the need for dialysis by controlling blood pressure, eating a special diet and taking medication prescribed by your doctor.

Will dialysis or a transplant solve the problem?

Neither dialysis or kidney transplant can cure a problem with Chronic Kidney Disease however treatments are very effective at making symptoms better and prolonging your life.

Where is dialysis performed?

Dialysis can be performed either at home or at the hospital. At home you can choose between haemodialysis (HD), or peritoneal dialysis (PD). HD treatment in hospital takes place 3 times a week.

Which treatment is the best, Haemodialysis or Peritoneal dialysis?

Both methods are equally effective. Haemodialysis is usually done in three short sessions of 3 to 5 hours each, 3 times a week. PD is a more gentle form of dialysis and needs to be performed every day. It is possible for most patients to experience more than one treatment during their life with kidney disease.

What do I need to do to take care of myself?

Learn as much as possible about your treatment. When you understand the benefits of following a special diet, taking medication and having dialysis treatment, you will feel more in control and more confident in adapting to this new lifestyle, particularly when you have been following your treatment routine for a while. It is also important for you to return to as many of your past activities as possible. Getting back into your usual routine will help you to feel that sense of normality again.