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What is Dialysis?

Dialysis is generally started when your kidney function drops to 15% or less or if you have severe symptoms caused by your kidney disease. Shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle cramps, nausea, or vomiting are severe symptoms that may occur. When your kidneys cannot remove extra fluid and waste from the body, then dialysis is generally recommended.

Your kidney doctor will help you decide when to start dialysis, based on the results of tests that measure how much kidney function you have left and your symptoms. Start getting ready for dialysis well in advance when your kidney disease reaches stage 4 (GFR, less than 30 mL/min). Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) often progresses slowly. Usually, people do not even know how bad they feel until they start dialysis, which makes them feel much better. The key to feeling better is to follow the treatment plan advised by your medical professionals such as doctors, nurses, dietitians, and social workers. That can help you lead the healthiest lifestyle possible.

Fulton County Medical Center - McConnellsburg, PA 17233

Fulton County Medical Center at South Green #4 Entrance
214 Peach Orchard Road McConnellsburg, PA 17233

Phone:(717) 325-3180
Fax:(717) 325-3182
Services:In-Center Hemodialysis
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