10 Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Kidney Failure

Medically Reviewed by Minesh Khatri, MD on May 14, 2021

If you were recently diagnosed with kidney failure, ask your doctor these questions at your next visit.

  1. What caused my kidney failure?
  2. Do I have hypertension, diabetes, or other disorders that may worsen my kidney failure?
  3. If I have an acute kidney problem, do you expect me to recover, and how long might that take?
  4. If my kidney problem is chronic, how long can I continue without dialysis, or will I ever need dialysis?
  5. What medications are available to keep kidney disease from getting worse? 
  6. What type of dialysis do you recommend?
  7. Am I a good candidate for a kidney transplant?
  8. What dietary changes do I need to make during treatment or recovery?
  9. Do I need to make any other lifestyle changes?
  10. Do I have anemia or any other complications and how can those complications be treated?
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