Many people are not diagnosed with chronic kidney disease until they have lost most of their kidney function.
There is no cure for chronic kidney disease. If it worsens to end-stage renal disease, and how quickly, depends on:
- The cause of kidney damage
- How well you take care of yourself
Kidney failure is the last stage of chronic kidney disease. This is when your kidneys can no longer support our body's needs.
Your health care provider will discuss dialysis with you before you need it. Dialysis removes waste from your blood when your kidneys can no longer do their job.
Usually, you will go to dialysis when you have only 10 - 15% of your kidney function left.
Even people who are waiting for a kidney transplant may need dialysis while waiting.