Life Expectancy Once Dialysis Begins In Patients with Renal Failure
Q: I asked one of the nurses in my unit yesterday evening about how long I had left once I begin to take dialysis. I mean, what about my life expectancy once I hook up on dialysis machine. I am a renal failure patient and have received HD not too long ago. Now I am feeling good but worried about how long can I survive.
I don’t get what I want from the nurse, coz she is pretty irresponsible. As a matter of fact, many nurses and techs don’t give a crap about the patients. Would anybody tell me how many years should I expect?
A: Let’s take a look at statistics about life expectancy of renal failure patients:
The average life expectancy of a renal failure patient with an eGFR: 10ml/min or even less lasting for 1-12 months without taking any kind of treatment is about 6 months. Here this treatment refers to dialysis, kidney transplant, natural medicine and some others.
For patients on dialysis, their average lifespan is 4.25 years. Of course, the life expectancy varies from person to person.
Only 23% of patients on dialysis could live as long as 10 years.
See? The average life expectancy we can tell, but for your specific condition, it is hard to say, especially we have no idea about any other information about you.
If you can provide the following information, it will be much easier for us to give an evaluation.
Information we need include:
The frequency of HD
Any complication you have
What about the diet restriction?
Lifestyle changes that your doctor suggest you
What about your attitude toward this dialysis thing?
Do you have any idea about the adequacy of your dialysis, feel any discomfort or not?