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Dialysis Appointment Guide

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Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • What challenges are you having caring for your access site?
  • How well are you sleeping?
  • How is your appetite and energy level?
  • Are you having problems with itching or muscle cramps?
  • What kind of emotional and social support do you have to help you deal with dialysis?
  • Do you have feelings of sadness, worthlessness, or loss of interest in hobbies, activities or past-times?
  • What symptoms are you experiencing? Do you have nausea, fatigue or swelling?
  • When was your last kidney function test?
  • What other medical conditions do you have?
  • What other surgeries have you had, including catheter-based procedures?
  • Have you ever been evaluated for dialysis before?
  • Are you ready to start dialysis?
  • What side effects are you noticing with your medications?
  • What is your main concern about dialysis? Do you know about the different types of dialysis?
  • What new symptoms are you experiencing?
  • What is my level of kidney damage?
  • Is my kidney damage getting worse?
  • What kind of dialysis do you recommend for me?
  • What is involved in preparing for this type of dialysis? What is involved in a typical dialysis session?
  • Am I a candidate for kidney transplant?
  • What is involved in a typical dialysis session?
  • How much time does a session take?
  • What will be my weekly dialysis schedule?
  • How will I feel during and after dialysis sessions?
  • How soon will I start to feel better after dialysis?
  • What are the warning signs of a potential problem? How should I contact you?
  • Could a different medicine help me better or have fewer side effects?
  • Are my new or different symptoms related to dialysis?
  • Is dialysis my only option or am I a candidate for kidney transplant?
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Last Review Date: 2018 Dec 27
  1. Chronic Kidney Disease. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research.
  2. Getting Ready for a “New Normal.” National Kidney Foundation.
  3. Hemodialysis. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research.
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