Kidney failure occurs as the organ loses its ability to filter wastes and excess fluids from one’s body. When this happens, dialysis treatment is prescribed in order to maintain the body. Dialysis machines act as artificial kidneys mimicking the function of a healthy kidney.
When considering the possibility of undergoing dialysis, a common concern being brought up is the duration of treatments. A typical session lasts for about four hours and is done thrice a week. But this may vary depending on the following factors:
- How well your kidneys workOrgans that are still functioning better may require lesser time as compared to those that are not working as well.
- How much fluid weight you gain between treatmentsYour organs no longer have the ability to maintain a balanced fluid in your body. When undergoing dialysis, it is important to look closely at how much sodium and fluid you are consuming. Limiting the intake helps your body keep a proper amount of fluid, thus, making it easier for the treatment to remove excess water.
- How much waste you have in your bodyControlling the food and drinks you take in your body can create a huge difference in making your treatment work better. As a guide into making better choices, your renal dietitian will talk to you about a personalised diet that you should follow. This will help you avoid certain food that may cause wastes to build up quickly between your dialysis sessions. To give you a general idea, renal diets involve limiting the intake of potassium, phosphorus, and sodium.
- How well you are able to maintain your weightYour weight affects how much fluid is needed to remove during your dialysis treatments in order to achieve an ideal dry weight. Dry weight is your normal weight, the one without the excess fluid gained in between haemodialysis sessions. Significant weight changes due to uncontrolled liquid intake will make it harder to achieve your dry weight goal. Furthermore, weight changes can also lead to fluctuating blood pressure, unnecessary headaches, leg cramps, difficulty breathing, and other medical issues. To avoid these from happening, your renal dietician will be working with you by setting a goal for how much liquid you can have each day.
Tips on Managing Your Time During Dialysis Treatments
We understand our patients’ concerns when it comes to the amount of time spent each week for treatments. The best advice we can always give is to follow the guidelines given by health professionals to ensure the efficiency of your haemodialysis sessions. Here are a few more tips on how to make the most out of your time during treatments.
- Go through your mails.
- Read a new book, listen to an inspiring podcast, or watch a movie you’ve always wanted to see.
- Develop a new hobby.
- Take this downtime as an opportunity to learn something new online.
- Do some light work.
- Write a journal.
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