My daddy is 74 yrs. old and almost almost 300 pounds. He has diabetes Type 2, COPD, congestive heart failure and has recently had pneumonia which caused a ton of fluid on his lungs. The Lasix used to help with the fluid is causing kidney failure. Is dialysis reasonable for a quality life?

The decision to start dialysis must be made by your father and a nephrologist based on the his ability to tolerate the treatment and the goals for treatment.  Your father should discuss his desires and wishes with his nephrologist and then try to make the best decision possible.  In some cases, dialysis can be tried and if your father does not tolerate the procedure or is not happy with his quality of life, he can choose to stop the treatments. I am unable to recommend treatments without performing a complete history and physical examination.  It is best to consult with his nephrologist.

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