Frequently Asked Questions for Chronic Kidney Disease

When should dialysis access surgery take place?

The best approach is to undergo dialysis access surgery well before dialysis therapy needs to begin, which will give the access site time to mature and avoid the use of temporary catheters.

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I can't have a transplant, can I do dialysis for the rest of my life?

Yes, dialysis is something you can do for the rest of your life. Some people have been on dialysis for 30 years or more without getting a transplant.

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Do dialysis patients feel normal?

Many patients live normal lives except for the time needed for treatments. Dialysis usually makes you feel better because it helps many of the problems caused by kidney failure. You and your family will need time to get used to dialysis.



How do dialysis patients have to control their water intake and diet?

Dialysis patients need to be on a special diet. You may not be able to eat everything you like, and you may need to limit how much you drink. Your diet may vary according to the type of dialysis.

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Can dialysis patients travel?

Yes. Dialysis centers are located in every part of the United States and in many foreign countries.

The treatment is standardized. You must make an appointment for dialysis treatments at another center before you go.

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Dr. Efthymios (Makis) Avgerinos is a Vascular Surgeon, Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Vascular Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in USA.


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Efthymios D. Avgerinos, MD, PhD, FEBVS
Associate Professor of Surgery
Division of Vascular Surgery, University of Pittsburgh
Medical Center Pennsylvania, USA