Dialysis is a treatment that cleans your blood and does some of the jobs that kidneys used to do when they were healthy. You need dialysis when your kidneys are too weak to do their jobs, which can lead to other health problems and you feeling ill. People usually need dialysis when they are in Chronic Kidney Disease Stage 5 and the GFR (one of the blood tests for kidney function) is <15. Your kidney doctor will determine when it is time for you to start dialysis based off your lab work and how you are feeling. Our doctors respect your individual needs and you two will discuss the options and determine the best treatment plan for you.
If you understand dialysis better than you can be an active participant in your ongoing care. This link gives you some videos and more information about dialysis. Feel free to ask us more during your appointment.