It is often said that the best way for patients with renal failure is to undergo regular dialysis and wait for a kidney transplant, believing that kidney transplantation is the ultimate solution to kidney disease treatment. Is this statement credible? With these questions in mind, we consulted medical experts from Shijiazhuang Kidney Hospital to explore in detail people's misconceptions about kidney transplantation.
Kidney transplantation is not the ultimate solution
It is generally believed that if the kidneys are severely damaged and develop into renal failure or even uremia, as long as kidney transplantation is performed, all improvements can be made and everything can start anew.
Of course this is impossible!
The kidneys maintain a balance of water, electrolytes, and acid-base throughout the body. Once problems arise, the entire system can become disrupted, leading to various diseases of the cardiovascular, respiratory, nervous, digestive, and even skeletal systems. This cannot be completely solved by simply changing the kidneys.
Many kidney transplant patients experience kidney failure or even enter the uremic phase within a few years after surgery, simply because their internal environment has not improved and they have just changed their kidneys. This "old bottle with new wine" approach cannot achieve satisfactory results.
A New Path for Treating Renal Failure
Renal failure naturally cannot be completely cured, but being unable to cure does not mean that it cannot be treated. We can maintain existing kidney function and maintain the patient's basic quality of life through treatment, such as getting rid of dialysis to a certain extent.
The specific approach is to start by clearing immune complexes and preventing renal cell necrosis. By improving the internal environment, maintaining or even repairing renal cells, inhibiting proteins and occult blood, and repairing the immune system, the normal operation of various systems in the body is achieved, thus achieving the goal of treatment.
The first step is to clean up immune complexes, and the most common method is dialysis. However, with the development of blood purification technology, plasma exchange, immune adsorption, and blood filtration are also good choices.
The second is to prevent further necrosis of kidney cells. We believe that the biggest cause of renal necrosis is immune complex deposition or renal cell ischemia caused by hypertension and hyperglycemia. Therefore, we use the effect of micro Chinese medicine to expand blood vessels to improve the state of renal cell ischemia, which can not only prevent renal cells from continuing necrosis, activate cells that cause "suspended death" due to slight damage, but also improve the condition of hypertension by expanding renal arterioles.
The third is to inhibit proteins and occult blood, which is achieved through glucocorticoids, immunosuppressants, and cytotoxics. While using these hormones, we usually use traditional Chinese medicine to neutralize their side effects, delay hormone resistance, and increase inhibitory effects.
The fourth is to repair the immune system, which is indispensable. Many kidney disease patients believe that their kidney disease has been cured after seeing normal laboratory results, which is incorrect because the immune system has not recovered and kidney disease is prone to recurrence. We use traditional Chinese medicine preparations to regulate and repair the body, thereby reducing the probability of kidney disease recurrence.
Kidney transplantation is a high-risk and costly treatment option that is the last resort for most uremic patients. But it is important to know that not everyone is suitable for kidney transplantation, and kidney transplantation is not the only solution, it is just a passive and conservative solution.