Can dialysis cure kidney disease?

No. If you have very serious kidney disease, you will need to stay on dialysis for the rest of your life. If you want to, and your doctor feels you are a candidate, you can choose to have a kidney transplant. During a transplant, a healthy kidney from a donor is placed in your body. The new kidney works just like your own kidney.

What's the outlook for people who are on dialysis?

Most people on dialysis can work and lead normal lives, as long as they continue to have dialysis. The biggest change is getting used to the dialysis schedule.

People on dialysis can also travel, as long as they are prepared. If you are on peritoneal dialysis, you need to take plenty of supplies, dialysis fluid and your cycler or make arrangements to have your PD supplies delivered to your travel destination. If you are on hemodialysis, you need to call at least 6 weeks ahead and make an appointment at a dialysis center near your destination. Your nurse or technician can tell you ways to find dialysis centers in other cities.

In some cases, if acute kidney failure is caused by a poison, certain medications, or an injury, normal kidney function might return. Dialysis will no longer be needed.

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