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Renal replacement therapy options

Dr. Diego Parada Rodriguez
There are different medical ways to compensate for malfunctioning kidneys. This article will explain to you the basic treatment therapy options for renal failure.

What exactly is the procedure for a transplant?

Dr. Diego Parada Rodriguez
Have you always wondered what exactly happens during a kidney transplant? Here you can find out more about post-mortem and living kidney donation.

Causes of chronic kidney disease

Dr. Diego Parada Rodriguez
Chronic kidney disease can have many different causes. This article summarizes the most common causes for you.

What exactly is an AV fistula?

Dr. Diego Parada Rodriguez
The AV fistula (=shunt) is the most common and also preferred vascular access for hemodialysis.

Kidney basics

Dr. Diego Parada Rodriguez
Have you ever wondered what exactly the kidneys are doing in a body? This article describes the complex tasks of the kidneys in a way that you should understand it, also if you are not a medical professional.

This is how peritoneal dialysis (PD) works

Dr. Diego Parada Rodriguez
Peritoneal dialysis cleans your blood through the abdominal cavity. Unfortunately, many people are not aware of this procedure. Here you can find out how PD works.

Is life without renal replacement therapy possible?

Dr. Diego Parada Rodriguez
Is it possible to manage kidney failure without dialysis or a transplant?

How can I slow the progression of CKD?

Dr. Diego Parada Rodriguez
Are you not yet on dialysis, but have been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease (CKD)? In this case, it is very important that you read this article.

How does my name get on the list?

Dr. Diego Parada Rodriguez
In order to receive a post-mortem kidney donation, you must be placed on the transplant list. Here you can find out exactly what this is and how it works.

Your most important blood values explained

Dr. Diego Parada Rodriguez
As a dialysis patient, you get regular blood work. Does your doctor throw around words like erythrocytes and thrombocytes? Here you will find some of the most important values, explained as simply as possible.

How do I recognize kidney disease?

Dr. Diego Parada Rodriguez
Have you ever wondered why GFR, your creatinine and urea levels, and protein and blood in your urine can be used to measure the progress of kidney disease?

This is how home hemodialysis works (HHD)

Dr. Diego Parada Rodriguez
Many people living with renal failure don't even know at first that hemodialysis is also possible at home. To avoid that you only find out after a few years of in-center dialysis treatment, here's some basic information on home hemodialysis.

Calcium & dialysis: the basics

Dr. Diego Parada Rodriguez
Calcium is one of the parameters that must be controlled during dialysis in order to avoid secondary diseases.

Secondary diseases of CKD

Dr. Diego Parada Rodriguez
Kidney disease can cause many complications. Please don't take this the wrong way, you should not get scared. But it is very important for you to know that you can control and avoid many things through your own lifestyle.

This is how hemodialysis (HD) works

Dr. Diego Parada Rodriguez
The majority of people with kidney failure clean their blood using haemodialysis (HD). Here you can find an overview of what exactly happens during an HD treatment.

Transplantation - the basics

Dr. Diego Parada Rodriguez
The preferred treatment choice for many people with renal failure is transplantation. This article tells you about the basics of kidney transplantation.

Creatinine & urea - what exactly are your "kidney values"?

Dr. Diego Parada Rodriguez
Creatinine and urea are used as important measures of kidney function in people with kidney disease. They are breakdown products of your metabolism and they are excreted via the kidney.

Why do I have to weigh myself so often?

Dr. Diego Parada Rodriguez
If you are on dialysis, you have probably asked yourself why you have to weigh yourself so frequently. Here are the basics about it.

Kidney disease - what is this exactly?

Dr. Diego Parada Rodriguez
The kidneys clean your blood and filter out the urine. But what happens when they can no longer do this? And what reasons can there be for this to happen?

The organ donation process & life after transplantation

Dr. Diego Parada Rodriguez
Have you ever wondered how a transplant works? And what does it actually imply in your daily life, if you are a transplant recipient?

The 4 most common vascular access types for dialysis

Dr. Diego Parada Rodriguez
In order to dialyze, a connection between your body and the dialysis system is required. This article describes AV fistula, graft, central venous catheter and PD catheter in more detail.

Dialysis & Sex for Women

Dr. Diego Parada Rodriguez
Has your sex life been different since you started dialysis? For example, do you have irregular menstrual periods or have you stopped menstruating altogether? You're not alone, as about half of all people on dialysis report sexual changes. This article will answer your questions about dialysis and sex in women.

What are phosphate points?

Dr. Diego Parada Rodriguez
Reduced phosphate intake is important for almost all dialysis patients. Phosphate points are an aid for keeping the phosphate intake in your diet under control. Here you can find out what phosphate points are and how they can help you in your daily life with dialysis.

Blood pressure & dialysis - the basics

Dr. Diego Parada Rodriguez
Many people with kidney disease also suffer from high blood pressure at the same time. Sometimes high blood pressure even leads to a decline in kidney function. In this article, you will find medically proven answers to the most important questions about blood pressure and dialysis.

Dialysis & Sex for Men

Dr. Diego Parada Rodriguez
You've had problems with your sex life in some way since you started dialysis? Are these mainly manifested by a limited ability to have an erection? You are not alone in this. It is estimated that about half of all people on dialysis report negative influences on their sex life. This article is intended to answer your questions about dialysis and sex in men.

14 effective tips on how to lower your blood pressure

Dr. Mike Wagenbrenner
Many people with kidney disease also have high blood pressure. But what can you actually do to get it under control? Here are 14 tips on how you can lower your blood pressure in a healthy way.

Dialysis & Pregnancy

Dr. Diego Parada Rodriguez
Are you on dialysis and have a strong desire to have children? But you are unsure whether dialysis and pregnancy are compatible? This article informs you about what you need to consider, what difficulties and complications can arise and how dialysis in pregnancy generally works.