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Living with Chronic Kidney Disease

When is dialysis necessary?

Worldwide, more than 2,500,000 patients are undergoing dialysis for chronic kidney failure.
You have now reached a stage in which one speaks of “kidney failure”, which means that both kidneys have completely or almost lost their function (less than 15% of kidney function retained).

Once kidney disease has reached this stage, waste products from normal body functions and excess fluid (e.g. from drinking) accumulate in the body. As a result, toxins and water have to be removed from the body via a blood wash. This process is called dialysis.

Chronic kidney failure is treatable. There are three basic treatment methods which, depending on your physical condition and possible comorbidities, may be different for you: transplantation, hemodialysis, and peritoneal dialysis.

More information about treatment options

Dialysis Services and Products

Thanks to enormous medical advances in dialysis and dialysis machines, the "artificial kidney" is now helping millions of people to continue to lead a long and satisfactory life.

Fresenius Medical Care is the world market leader in kidney replacement therapy and offers a wide range of products and services in this area.

Further information on the services of Fresenius Medical Care

Enjoy life - despite the illness

There is nothing wrong with going out to eat. Your nutritionist can help you find suitable dishes on a restaurant's menu as well. You can now resume many of the activities that you enjoyed doing before. Getting enough exercise and physical fitness are important for everyone, including those with kidney disease.

Adapt to your new situation! Your illness is a daily challenge. If you still want to stay in control, three things are particularly important:

  • Systematically review your diet
  • Get daily exercise
  • Work with your doctor and caregiver team - they are there to help and support you!

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