When kidney damage is severe then it is essential to either have a kidney transplantation or regular dialysis to continue living. A successful transplant works 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and therefore it replicates normal kidney function in a way that is not possible with dialysis. This ultimately results in better health. Clearly freedom from the time constraints and dietary and fluid restrictions of dialysis are also very welcome. In summary transplantation is associated with improved quality and length of life.
However transplantation is not suitable for everyone (for further details click here and for some people establishing the best possible dialysis regimen will be the better option. Patients with kidney failure should discuss this with their kidney doctor.
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