Q. Once we start dialysis is it a must to get that all through the life?

Answered by
Dr. Muhammad M. Hanif Md.
and medically reviewed by Dr. Vinodhini. J
This is a premium question & answer published on Feb 29, 2020

Hello doctor,

My father is 59 years old and suffering from diabetes for the last 15 years within control limit of sugar. Recently, he got attach with a brain hemorrhage on the right side, and he stopped to talk and his right side hand and leg become inactive. Slowly with medication and physiotherapy exercise, he recovered somewhat and able to speak. He can walk with rod support and his hand is still inactive. His creatine level in blood keeps on the higher side from 5.0 to up to 8.0.

In the last few days, he started vomiting and unable to digest any foods. Doctor advised for immediate dialysis and is undergoing the procedure. Within a week's time, this is the second time he is going with the procedure. The first time it lasts for one and a half hours, and for the second time it lasts for three hours. While discussing with the fellow patient taking the procedure, they said this is a regular procedure and may require on a daily basis also.

My query regarding dialysis is if once we opted is it a regular procedure? Please clarify the doubt.

Dr. Muhammad M. Hanif Md.

Cardiology Critical Care Physician General Medicine Internal Medicine
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Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

I have thoroughly gone through your case and can well understand your genuine health concerns.

No, this is not a permanent procedure for every patient. It depends on the status of kidney functions and roughly we can predict from creatinine levels (just to make it clear to you). If he gets creatinine levels of 0.2-1.2 mg/dL and the kidneys will be doing normal functions, then we can stop doing dialysis as kidneys are now doing their job by themselves.

Dialysis is alternative kidneys actually. The job which kidneys do normally, dialysis does the same for the time being until the patient gets normal kidney functions back.

I hope this helps.


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