With advanced Polycystic Kidney Disease, patients have to choose one kidney replacement or repairing therapy to maintain their life. Here, you may think of dialysis or kidney transplant. However, are they the only choices for patients with advanced PKD? What treatment would be best for advanced Polycystic Kidney Disease?
Is dialysis the best treatment for advanced PKD?
Dialysis is one kidney replacement therapy, and it can help eliminate extra fluid and waste products, especially small molecular substances. For patients with end stage kidney disease, dialysis does help them prolong their life expectancy. However, it is impossible for dialysis to work as effectively as healthy kidneys, so it may cause a series of side effects or complications and some of them may be life-threatening. In addition, dialysis can do nothing for PKD renal cysts.
Is kidney transplant the best treatment for advanced PKD?
Many people believe kidney transplant is the best treatment for ESRD patients, because this therapy can make patients live just like general population. However, they forget that not all ESRD can have a chance to accept kidney transplant, and transplanted kidneys may fail again because of rejection reaction. If the new kidney can’t do its job properly, patients have to start dialysis again. What’s worse, patients need to take anti-rejection medications for the rest of their life, even though they accept a successful kidney transplant.
Are there alternative treatments for advanced PKD patients?
The biggest risks for PKD patients are the enlarged kidney cysts and decline of kidney function, so treatments that can help shrink kidney cysts and improve kidney function are worth a try. Traditional Chinese Medicine consists of acupuncture, medicated bath, circle therapy, oral Chinese medicine, and external application medicine, etc. It is proven to have an effect of draining sac fluid and prompting kidney restoration. The detailed and systemic treatment plan should depend on individual conditions. However, TCM may need a relatively longer time to work. For patients who want to get recovery within several days, this therapy isn’t suitable. Therefore, people with advanced Polycystic Kidney Disease who want to accept TCM should be more patient.
In conclusion, different patients need to take various treatments. No matter which treatment you are interested, you can consult the doctor online to determine whether you are suitable candidate.