Dialysis is a process that filters waste from your blood when your kidneys can no longer do the job. When you have kidney failure, you may have either hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis.
Most people die within weeks of stopping dialysis. If you decide to stop, health professionals can help you have the highest quality of life possible. These are people who give end-of-life care. This may be done through hospice palliative care. Hospice palliative care offers the chance to think about personal goals. It can relieve pain. And it can help take care of your emotional and spiritual needs.
No matter what you decide, take the time to let others know your wishes about your care. You can use an advance care plan to make sure that you get the medical treatment you want.
If you have been getting regular dialysis, and if a kidney transplant is not an option for you, stopping dialysis may:
Staying on dialysis may:
Thinking about the facts and your feelings can help you make a decision that is right for you. Be sure you understand the benefits and risks of your options, and think about what else you need to do before you make the decision.
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Current as of: May 12, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & A. Evan Eyler, MD, MPH - Family Medicine, Psychiatry
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