5 Renal Care Misconceptions

Our kidneys are one of the most vital organs in the body responsible for filtering toxins and maintaining a healthy balance of fluids in the body. Kidney failure occurs when the kidneys lose their ability to efficiently remove wastes from the body, which leads to other major health problems.

The treatment plan for kidney failure varies from one case to another, but usually dialysis is recommended to help slow down the progression of the kidney damage.

Although we are all aware of how dialysis has transformed renal care and therapy, it can be daunting for someone when they make the decision.

Our Medical Director, Dr. Elharith Biraima, will briefly discuss some common misconceptions about kidney disease and dialysis to guide any patient with chronic kidney disease (CKD) or end-stage renal failure with their treatment.

1) CKD patients have no say in their treatment

Since every CKD patient’s case is unique, the renal care team will suggest treatment plans by taking the patient’s comfort into account. In the end, the patient decides what they would like to do. Hence, patients should always remain open with the renal care team about their medical goals and preference once diagnosed with kidney disease.

2) Dialysis is the treatment for kidney disease

Dialysis is the process through which toxins are filtered from the blood when kidneys lose their filtering ability to prevent the buildup of toxins in the body and prevent damage to any other organs. It is a treatment to help patients with kidneys performing at only 10 to 15 percent of their normal function live a healthy life.

3) Dialysis patients cannot travel

Patients undergoing dialysis can travel everywhere, but with some planning and coordination with their renal care team. The dialysis team will provide medical reports that the patient can share with the team in the hospital in the visiting place to ensure a seamless holiday dialysis experience.

All our patients at Pyramids Dialysis Center in Al Ain & Dubai can travel comfortably with zero interruptions in their dialysis sessions. We serve as a single point of contact for all our patients’ travel needs – from dialysis schedules, doctor appointments, hotel bookings, etc.

4) Dialysis patients cannot have regular food

Since the kidneys have reduced functionality among patients with kidney problems, moderation is key when it comes to having a healthy renal diet!

For example, patients with severe kidney diseases need to watch their daily potassium and salt intake. Additionally, dialysis and CKD patients are advised to include foods rich in high-quality proteins and antioxidants to nourish the kidneys.

The dialysis and renal care team will closely study the patient’s condition and formulate a plan suitable for their body.

5) Dialysis can only be done in the medical facility

Patients undergoing dialysis for a long time can opt for hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis at home under the supervision of their renal care team and doctor. The doctor will be able to advise on which dialysis is more suitable for the patient at home.

Pyramids Dialysis Center (PDC) is the first stand-alone dialysis center and renal-care facility in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi. Our facility offers in-center, home & holiday dialysis. For more tips and updates, follow us on Facebook @pdckidneycare & Instagram @pdckidneycare.

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