You have successfully logged out.

Hello !
Logout
close

No content results match your keyword.

Content

    No product results match your keyword.

    Products

      Diagnosis renal failure

      Renal failure, be well informed

      Hearing the phrase ‘you have renal failure’, can be a frightening moment. These feelings are usual. Lots of questions will come to mind – the most important of all: 'What will happen to me?' 

      What is renal failure and why does it happen?

      Renal failure: three main types of treatment

      Modern medicine can compensate the effects of renal failure, allowing people to live an active life despite the failure of a vital organ. However, until now there is no possibility to cure renal failure. When a person's kidneys fail, there are three main treatment options: hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis and kidney transplantation. No treatment modality excludes the other. Most patients who receive a transplant have experienced months or even years on dialysis. And although transplants can last many years, there may be a time when you will need dialysis again in the future. Your doctor and nursing staff will always support you in all stages of your kidney disease and all conditions of your life. So do not hesitate to ask, even if you think your question might not be directly related to your treatment.

      hemodialysis-treatment-patient-elderly-man-with-blue-shirt-and-professional-landscape

      Dialysis in the abdomen

      In this form of therapy, the cleaning function of the kidneys is supported or carried out by the peritoneum of the abdominal cavity. A minor surgical procedure is used to permanently insert a soft tube or catheter into the abdominal cavity. 

       

      This cycle is usually repeated about four times a day but can also be performed once per day under special circumstances. It must be performed carefully to avoid risks like peritonitis which is an infection of the peritoneum. This procedure is easy to learn. That is why patients can carry out this form of dialysis treatment unassisted and in the comfort of their own homes.

      Peritoneal dialysis cycle

      Fresh dialysis solution

      Fresh dialysis solution

      The solution for peritoneal dialysis is a sterile fluid mainly consisting of glucose or amino acids which helps with waste removal by the peritoneum.

      Tubing

      Tubing

      The solution flows into the catheter inserted by a minor surgical procedure into the abdominal cavity.

      Catheter

      Catheter

      The watery solution is introduced into the abdominal cavity through a catheter.

      Peritoneum

      Peritoneum

      In this form of therapy, the cleaning function of the kidneys is supported or carried out by the peritoneum of the abdominal cavity. The solution binds waste products, which are filtered through the peritoneum.

      Abdominal cavity

      Abdominal cavity

      After several hours, the dialysis solution is saturated with waste products from the blood and is drained from the abdomen, then replaced by fresh solution in order to continue the cleaning.

      Drainage bag

      Drainage bag

      Once saturated with waste products from the blood the dialysis solution is drained from the abdomen into a drainage bag.

      dialysis-kidney-transplant-elderly-man-red-shirt-talking-to-professional-landscape
      Medication

      As a hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis patient, you will have different medications prescribed for different purposes. You should always be aware of all medication you take, meaning that you should know their names, purposes and how they are administered. Whenever you have problems with your medications or any questions, do not hesitate to contact your doctor or nursing staff in your renal care center. Impaired renal function and hemodialysis can drastically alter the effects of medication. Consult your doctor before making any changes to your current medication. The following medications are used most frequently:

      FAQ - Frequently asked questions

      dialysis-patient-elderly-woman-with-husband-sitting-in-front-of-professional-consultation-landscape