Our kidneys are essential organs in our body. Not only do they help get rid of toxins, but also help in the production of hormones and in absorbing minerals for the body to use. It is when this organ is damaged that a person develops a condition called kidney disease. Here, the person’s kidneys start to fail and do not perform optimally, leading to the patient suffering from symptoms like oedema, extreme fatigue, lack of appetite, difficulty in passing urine and incomplete voiding. It is when this condition becomes extremely severe that it leads to end-stage kidney disease where a patient is advised to undergo a procedure known as kidney dialysis.
Kidney dialysis is a procedure where an external machine performs the functions of the kidneys. In the past kidney dialysis could only be done in a hospital, but now there are methods where a patient can undergo the treatment in the comfort of their home. We spoke to Dr Deepa Jairam, renowned nephrologist, about the procedure and what it involves.
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Published: June 9, 2014 12:06 pm | Updated:September 23, 2014 4:08 pm