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Dialysis

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Dr. Gaurav Sahai 85% (10 ratings)
MD Physician, DNB (Nephrology), DNB (General Medicine)
Nephrologist, Delhi  •  23 years experience
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Hello everyone!

My name is Dr. Gaurav Sahai. Today I am standing in the dialysis unit of the hospital and I'll tell you something in brief about the dialysis procedure. The dialysis procedure is one of the treatments available for patients of chronic kidney diseases and it is a reasonably painless procedure. As you can see, right now I am standing next to a dialysis machine and we have a patient who is undergoing dialysis. The dialysis machine clears the blood of the toxins that are normally generated in the body in our daily activities. The process itself last for about 4 hours and the patient on an average has to undergo two to three sessions of hemodialysis in a week, that is around 12 sessions of hemodialysis in a month.

The process is such that the blood comes out from the patient's body and goes into the machine and the machine detoxifies the blood and hundred percent of the blood is returned to the patient body without any blood loss. Usually, during dialysis session, no blood transfusion is required and it is a fairly painless procedure. As you can see most of the patients are usually sleeping at the time of dialysis. There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about dialysis in the general public that it is a very painful procedure and that the patient has to undergo a lot of discomfort during it and the facts are quite against it.

I take this opportunity to increase awareness in the public about the dialysis and other treatment available for patients of kidney diseases. I can also say that patients who undergo regular dialysis and regular treatment can lead fairly healthy and productive life even if they suffer from chronic kidney disease and kidney failure.

Thank you!

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