Peritoneal dialysis is only secondary to hemodialysis for maintaining kidney failure patients’ life. Since it is unable to work as effectively as kidneys and its working life is limited, quite a number of kidney patients have consulted that how long a patient can live on peritoneal dialysis.
What is peritoneal dialysis?
Peritoneal dialysis (PD) is one blood purification method that uses peritoneum as dialysis membrane. Through peritoneum, dialyzate exchanges substances with patients’ blood. Extra fluid and metabolic wastes building up in the body go from blood into dialyzate, while some essential nutritions are added into blood via dialyzate. Because peritoneum will be damaged after a period of time, it is impossible for kidney patients to live on peritoneal dialysis for rest of the life.
Then, how long can people live on peritoneal dialysis?
Compared with hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis can reduce mortality obviously, because it has the therapeutic effects of protecting remaining kidney function, controlling blood pressure, reducing the burden on heart, preventing anemia, etc. Therefore, the survival rate of peritoneal dialysis is higher than hemodialysis within 2-3 years. For people on peritoneal dialysis, their life expectancy is usually determined by four factors: remaining kidney function, peritoneal dialysis complications, the working life of peritoneum and diet plan.
Finally, try to learn how to live longer with kidney disease.
To make kidney failure patients live longer, the best method is to reduce the times or even stop peritoneal dialysis. If you are faced by this question, you can learn more about Micro-Chinese Medicine Hot Compress Therapy. Along with stem cells, this therapy aims at rebuilding kidney structure, improving patients’ GFR level and controlling their complications. With increase of GFR, patients can reduce the frequency of peritoneal dialysis and live it longer.
Of course, during the whole treatment, a regular and healthy diet and lifestyle is needed. Always, remember that diet plan and lifestyle is one good auxiliary treatment for kidney disease.