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Why ZEALTHDOC?
  • We are one of the leading Kidney Transplant Hospitals in India
  • We are focused on treating our patients with Care & Love
  • We Follow quality as per the JCI, NABH and NABL standards
  • We are working with the best kidney hospitals in India
  • We specialize in kidney transplant, kidney failure treatments and more.
  • We provide unmatched world class amenities & facilities to all our patients
Specialties
  • Renal Replacement Therapy
  • Kidney Transplantation
  • Dialysis Treatments
  • Slowing of Kidney Disease by DIET
  • Hemodialysis Treatments for Kidney
  • Kidney Failure Treatments
  • Patient Education Diabetes


Our Doctors

Dr. Rajesh Ahlawat

Kidney and Urology Institute

Dr. Ahlawat has worked in the leading Institutions of Northern India and has established successful, minimally invasive urology programs including Robotic surgery and Kidney Transplant services with excellent outcomes comparable to the best in the world.
Dr. Ahlawat has initiated and established four successful Urology and Renal Transplant programs in India; at Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow, at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, New Delhi, at Fortis Hospitals, New Delhi, and at Medanta, the Medicity, Gurgaon. He has spearheaded the busiest minimally invasive urology services in India at each workplace.
An accomplished minimally invasive surgeon, he has been invited as guest faculty for live demonstrations of a variety of laparoscopic and robotic surgeries like Pyeloplasty, Partial Nephrectomy, Radical Prostatectomy, Radical Cystectomy and Kidney Transplantation surgeries at live surgery workshops held around the world.

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kidney and urology surgeon

Dr. Vijay Kher

Kidney and Urology Institute

Vijay Kher has established Academic and Clinical departments of Nephrology at Sher-i-Kashmir, Institute of Medical Sciences in Srinagar, SGPGI Lucknow, Apollo Hospital, Fortis Hospitals and Medanta-The Medicity. His research interests have been Kidney Transplantation (Clinical Immunosuppression, ABO Incompatible Transplantation, Paired Exchange Donation, Steroid Free Immunosuppression, Pre-emptive Transplantation and Cost-containment), Progression of Renal Disease, Acute Kidney Injury and Glomerulonephritis. An astute clinician, a teacher par excellence and a keen researcher, Dr. Kher combines these assets with a friendly and inclusive demeanor to inspire the Nephrology fraternity in India.

What Is Kidney Failure?

A kidney has failed when it is no longer able to perform its fundamental task- removing waste & excess water from the bloodstream and balancing fluids in it. If the human kidney efficiency, also called renal function, falls below 10% to 15%, a doctor would suggest dialysis or transplantation as the kidney won’t be able to provide its cleansing services anymore.
A renal failure can be acute or chronic.

What is Acute Kidney Failure?

An acute kidney failure is an all-of-a-sudden event where the kidney loses its functional efficiency to a point where it isn’t in working order anymore. It can happen because of a kidney stone, a tumor, extreme dehydration, or unsupervised or unprovisioned use of pain meds.

What is Chronic Kidney Failure?

Chronic kidney failure occurs over a period, because of some longstanding disease. Diabetes, uncontrolled blood pressure, kidney filter dysfunctionality or clogging of the arteries or hardening of the arteries are a few among many causes that result in chronic renal failure.

How to Know If You Have a Kidney Disease that Might Lead to Failure?

Knowing whether or not a person suffers from a condition that might lead to a renal failure is difficult. Primarily because kidney failure is only noticeable when your kidney has withered extensively. The symptoms of the conditions that lead to a renal failure are not always recognizable or even present at times.

However, the following symptoms are worth getting a checkup.

  • Weight gain
  • Body swelling
  • Less urination
  • Nausea
  • Appetite loss
  • Tiredness
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Confusion, especially in older folks

Also, there are several kidney conditions which rarely show any symptoms. A regular blood and urine test might help in detecting whether or not anything is wrong with the kidneys.

How to Break Down a Blood or Urine Test Report to Detect a Kidney Disease?

While it is a lot easier to consult a nephrologist with the blood test and urine test, a few quick facts help soothe the heart.

  • Blood pressure
  • Potassium and calcium phosphorus bicarbonate content
  • Albumin in the urine
  • GFR or Glomerular Filtration Rate

Any and all of these elements’ presence or absence or value can mean many things. For instance, high blood pressure means danger and low GFR value, say less than 15 ml/min means a failing kidney.

What Are the Stages of Kidney Failure?

Kidney disease can be seen as a set of five stages, based upon the value of GFR. Glomerular Filtration Rate is said to be the best measure of kidney function. It is calculated using a formula and a patient's factors of age, gender, race and the amount of serum creatinine in his/her blood.

Stage 1: GFR>90 ml/min : Normal CKD

The disease leaves no symptoms and is hardly ever detected on purpose. A test for some other ailment might prove lucky and show the presence.

Stage 2: GFR=60-89 ml/min : Mild CKD

Not detectable via symptoms, stage 2 kidney disease are a progression. They can be slowed down with a healthy diet, regulated blood pressure and blood sugar, regular check-ups, and exercises.

Stage 3: GFR= 30-59 ml/min : Moderate CKD

The kidney functions drop and keep dropping. Wastes that aren’t delivered out of the body start accumulating inside. This stage is where many kinds of complications start arising like uremia, anemia, and high blood pressure. It gets important to maintain a diet and restrict all activities that can harm the kidneys any further.

Stage 4: GFR= 15-29 ml/min : Severe CKD

The kidneys have damaged to a point where dialysis or transplantation are likely to become a necessity to live. The damaged kidneys can lead to severe complications of heart diseases, other cardiovascular conditions, and bone diseases.

Stage 5: GFR< 15 ml/min : End Stage CKD

The kidney is barely functional. Transplantation or dialysis is required to stay alive. Heavy diet monitoring is required.

Living with End Stage Renal Disease

At this point, trying to slow down the worsening is not very efficient. It is important to understand the condition, the theoretical possibilities that can trigger an immediate seizure, and the steps that can help in making the situation less disastrous.

  • Read on, research, learn all that is relevant to the disease.
  • Manage the complication- take meds, see doctors, regulate blood pressure and blood sugar, maintain proper health.
  • Understand the treatment options.
  • Choose between dialysis and transplantation, then set off to arrange a life around the treatment.
Success Stories
FAQ's
Let’s Answer Your Kidney Dialysis Fears

Here is a frustrating fact about Internet. When you want to know about ‘Kidney dialysis facts,' you are presented with responses that look like these: dialysis types, kidney transplant effects, kidney dialysis life expectancy, how many people can afford dialysis, dialysis machine cost, and so on and so forth.

Too broad, right?

Well, allow me to answer some of the many direct dialysis questions that can concern you or already do, in case your body or that of a loved one needs this procedure.

Numero Uno- Does the Need of Dialysis Means Certain Death in near Future?

No, it doesn’t.

You need dialysis because your kidneys are unable to clean your blood on their own. Your renal function probably has dropped to 10% or 15%. Dialysis is used to filter your blood.
All dialysis means is that your kidneys suck at being kidneys. If you are otherwise healthy, have no other grim complications, maintain a proper diet, give your body the care it requires and you don't go picking fights with bears or wolves, you can live a full and healthy life on dialysis.

Do People Die of Dialysis?

People might die during dialysis because of a complication. But they don’t die of dialysis.
A careless procedure, negligent doctor or nurses, the absence of prompt action in case the patient goes into a seizure- these are the scenarios that might end in death. So, yes, try to choose a clinic that can hold its own.

Is Dialysis Painful?

Well, it is a discomfort when the needle rips into your skin. And there might be a muscle cramp afterward. If your BP drops, you can feel nauseated, and some people experience headaches.
That is about all the physical pain that dialysis can inflict. Should you experience anything else, any other kind of pain or situation, understand that something is wrong. Tell your doctor.

Is It Impossible to Live a Regular Life with Dialysis?

Kris Robinson, the former CEO and executive director of the American Association of Kidney Patients, was born with one kidney. It failed when she was 21. She lived with dialysis for months before she underwent a transplant.
She opted for Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis, handled the procedure by herself. Her reasons- she loved her independence and dialysis wasn’t going to deprive her of it.
So no, it is not impossible to live a regular life with dialysis. A kidney disease is not a disability. It doesn’t restrict you from anything; it just adds a few more things to your to-do list.

Dialysis Takes Away the Patient’s Freedom, Doesn’t It?

Ask yourself ‘how does dialysis work for me?’ the same way you’d ask yourself ‘how do I fit yoga lessons and piano lessons in my weekday work schedules?’
The ‘normal’ you get used to changes every time you decide to do something new, something different. Once it comes to you needing dialysis, it is what it is. But with certain preparations, you can take control of the situation, travel, work, party, and embrace the ‘new normal’.

Prepare for It Instead of Fearing It

Watch kidney dialysis videos. Learn how a dialysis machine works. Read up on dialysis side effects. When you take hold of the reins, you decide the course. It is that simple.

An Attempt to Understand Why Chronic Renal Failure Isn’t Always Evident And How to Spot It

This story starts with a minor dysfunctionality, which turns into a current condition and ends up damaging your kidneys enough to cause a full-blown failure. When this process takes a long time, inching closer to the final destination with every passing day and every act of negligence towards the kidneys, we term it Chronic Renal Failure.

Chronic Kidney Disease Induced Organ Failure Doesn’t Just Happen in a Second

The visible impact might feel a little too sudden, but trust me, it isn’t. By definition, chronic kidney disease is an ailment that persists for a long time. Which brings you to the grave, yet substantive realization- you might have it and not know.

Might Have a Chronic Kidney Disease and Not Know?

Yes, it is possible to be stuck in the ‘silent’ phase with no symptoms or signs whatsoever for as long as 30 years.

But How???

With every stage, chronic kidney disease gets severe. But in the first few stages, your kidneys can still regulate the salt and fluids in the blood and manage waste. This filtering is the duty of nephrons- millions of tiny filters that make up your kidneys.
When causes like high BP or diabetes or something else starts working in your organs, these nephrons start dying. For a while, the healthy ones can handle the extra load. Hence no considerably noticeable symptoms.
But as the number of healthy, functioning cells diminish, your kidneys get weaker. You start to see symptoms, and the changes might surface depending on the speed of degeneration of your condition.

What Are the Chronic Renal Failure Symptoms

When it’s chronic, renal failure causes your body to develop changes in its patterns, depending on how the efficiency of your kidneys vary. As the decay gets worse, you’ll start spotting signs.

  • You’ll gain weight, notice some swelling, find out you got edema.
  • You’ll urinate less, and it’ll just get lesser.
  • You’ll lose your appetite, feel nauseated.
  • You’ll feel tired but will have trouble getting a good sleep.
  • In case your CKD is a result of age, you might have some confusion issues.
How Can You Spot the Storm In its Early Steps

There are about five identifiable and distinguishable stages of chronic kidney disease. Stage 4 and 5 are where you discuss your options, go for dialysis or a transplant surgery. Stage 3 is where your body develops the complex diseases that a bad kidney might cause, say anemia or edema or osteodystrophy.
So, that leaves us with stage 1 and 2- the early stages.

Take Precautions, Slow the Deterioration Down, Understand What Those Blood Reports Say

Identifying a cause gets you closer to understanding the signs. In case you have blood pressure or diabetes, (both rank among the most common causes of kidney diseases), you might want to start monitoring your blood reports for anything that might appear out of place.
Keep track of your GFR or Glomerular Filtration Rate value. It’ll tell you how accurately your kidneys filter your blood. GFR value can also tell you what stage you are in at present.
Eat healthy. Monitor the medicines you take. Work in close connection with a doctor and keep an eye out for measures that can slow the destructive process down. Exercise. Lose weight. Quit tobacco, smoking, and alcohol.

But Remember- You Can Decelerate It, Not Kill It

With efforts, you might as well delay the inevitable for years, even decades. But your kidney is not an ex who will come back to you if you change and reform yourself.
Once the disease gets in, there will come a time when you’ll have to decide between dialysis or surgery. Sometimes, transplantation will be the only acceptable choice. The best you can do is reform your ways and make the worsening slow.

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