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Andre M. Kallab, M.D., F.A.C.P
Treatment of Kidney FailureWhen kidney function gets significantly reduced due to kidney failure, the damage cannot usually be reversed. However, if the proper steps are taken early enough, then it could slow down the progress of kidney failure or even halt it altogether. The treatment for kidney failure differs depending on what phase the kidney failure is and other individual factors. For those whose kidneys no longer function well enough on their own without renal therapy, specialist will typically recommend either renal dialysis or a kidney transplant.
There are two kinds of dialysis—Hemodialysis and Peritoneal Dialysis. Dialysis does some of the things a normal kidney does, such as: removes extra water from the body and removes the waste products that have built up in the blood.
During your recovery from kidney failure, you will probably need to take medicine, especially if you received a transplant, so you can prevent rejection. You must also visit your doctor regularly to monitor any changes. In some cases, your doctor may recommend a special diet to help support your kidneys and limit the work they must do. A dietitian may be the best, because they can analyze your current diet and suggest helpful lifestyle changes that include: