At Reliant Renal Care, we’re proud to help patients across the country stay healthy and happy through quality at-home and in-center dialysis treatment. For many patients, kidney dialysis is a long-term treatment, which is what makes convenient at-home dialysis so important. But is that always the case? Can kidney dialysis ever be a temporary treatment?
Before we answer this question, we need to understand the function dialysis performs and why patients get it in the first place. Your kidneys are two organs on either side of the spine, each about the size of a fist. Their chief role is to filter toxins and waste products from the blood, then pass those waste products to the bladder for disposal in the urine. This is an important role in the function of the body – and incredibly, the kidneys are capable of purifying the blood even if they retain only 10% functionality. That’s right – even if kidney function is reduced by 90%, they can still effectively clean the blood!
However, if an acute or chronic condition threatens 85% or more of kidney function, dialysis becomes necessary to continue safely purifying the blood and removing toxins from the body. Dialysis is effectively a procedure to artificially filter the blood: by removing blood via an IV, passing it through a specialized filter, and returning it to the body, a dialysis machine acts like an artificial set of kidneys.
The short answer is yes: in some cases, dialysis can be temporary. This is generally true for acute kidney conditions, when some particular issue is causing the kidneys to lose function temporarily. In these cases, we may be able to combine temporary dialysis with other treatments to help heal the kidneys or allow them to heal on their own. This healing period may be as short as a few days or may take several months – it all depends on the causes of your kidney failure and the specifics of your case.
However, in other cases, the kidneys may not be able to heal on their own. For patients with chronic kidney failure, dialysis is usually a permanent solution. That said, a kidney transplant can restore normal kidney function and prevent the need for ongoing dialysis even in chronic cases.
Kidney dialysis may be a temporary or a long-term treatment depending on the specifics of your condition – but in either case, having access to convenient, high-quality dialysis is critical. At Reliant Renal Care, we’re proud to make kidney dialysis a convenient process for patients all over the country. Learn more about how we can provide effective, convenient dialysis treatment in our dialysis centers or in the comfort of your home – contact us today!