Cleveland Clinic Nephrologist, Emilio Poggio (expert in kidney transplantation) said that, "600,000 are on Dialysis and 100,000 are on the waiting list for a Kidney Transplant. Yet only 16,000 transplants are done each year." Hence, for most people on Dialysis as well as Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetics who are at risk of Kidney Failure, Dialysis treatment seems almost inevitable before receiving a Kidney Transplant (if eligible).
Many patients facing Dialysis or who have already begun, at times feel helpless or feel like giving up. On the other hand, those that have conducted Dialysis for many years who are eligible for a Kidney Transplant may feel hesitant to go through with it because they are not sure if the benefits outweigh the side-effects. Either way, these are 4 facts which ALL Chronic Kidney Disease patients should know to improve their health as well as quality of life. Ultimately, that is what we collectively want, right?
According to the Cleveland Clinic and Dr. Poggio, the benefits of Kidney Transplantation far outweigh the side effects. “There’s plenty of data that, despite the negatives of transplantation, the short-term and long-term outcomes are much better than those on dialysis,” says Dr. Poggio. “Their quality of life improves, they live better and longer.” Various studies suggest that the mortality rates for those who receive transplants are between 48% to 82% lower than those on Dialysis.
Long-term survival on Dialysis is possible. The co-founder of KidneyBuzz.com, Mark Fields has lived for over 15 years on Dialysis. Guess what, he is doing very well! His energy levels are up, diet is in check, lab numbers are great, and he leads a full, high quality, and exciting life. You can pick up his Life Management Guide - Fight Kidney Disease and Diabetes at the following link or on Amazon.com (http://www.kidneybuzz.com/fight-kidney-disease-diabetes-e-book/).
Though his Life Management Guide can help, Mr. Fields is not alone, others have said that they lead full lives while conducting Dialysis. A key area to focus on is your Healthcare Environment. The Cleveland Clinic notes that a "positive atmosphere with social interaction among patients is also important."
Living Kidney Donation represents 30% to 40% of all Kidney Transplants conducted every year. That means of the approximately 16,000 Kidney Transplants conducted in the U.S. last year, as many as 6,400 were from Living Kidney Donors! Hence, you are even further lessening your chances of receiving a Kidney Transplant if you are ONLY waiting on the list for a Cadaver (Deceased Donor).
Be proactive! Sign-up for KidneyBuzz.com's FREE "Find a Kidney Donor" Facebook Page. Talk to family and friends about donation. There are periodic events (online and offline) which also give insights on how to improve your chances of connecting with a Living Kidney Donor. For more information email KidneyBuzz.com at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be sure to communicate with your Healthcare Team. Many Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetics believe that, "Well, my nurse or doctor have all my records and already know what's best for me, right?" Wrong. Doctors and nurses can overlook, miss or forget things just like the rest of us. If you have a question, concern or feel compelled to speak up, do so!
Chronic Kidney Disease patients on Dialysis have a 2% higher risk of mortality (death) with every additional 50 patients cared for by their Nephrologist, according to the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. So make sure your doctor is not overburdened and has enough time for you. As a general rule of thumb, it is essential that you feel relaxed enough to share any concerns you may have, and you should expect that your Nephrologist and the office staff be willing to take a reasonable amount of time to answer your questions in a helpful and friendly way.
"Good communication among your Healthcare providers is a key factor," the Cleveland Clinic notes. Hence, if you are not able to effectively communicate with your Healthcare Team or members of your team, it may be time to make a change.
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"4 Facts You Need to Know About Kidney Transplants and Dialysis."Http://health.clevelandclinic.org. Health Hub from Cleveland Clinic.
"2014 National Chronic Kidney Disease Fact Sheet." Http://www.cdc.gov/. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"This Underused Dialysis Treatment Offers Quality of Life and Mobility."Http://www.utswmedicine.org/. The University of Texas Southwestern.