Dialysis is a treatment for people whose kidneys are failing. When you have kidney failure, your kidneys don’t filter blood the way they should. As a result, wastes and toxins build up in your bloodstream. Dialysis does the work of your kidneys, removing waste products and excess fluid from the blood.
Who needs dialysis
- People who have kidney failure, or end-stage renal disease (ESRD), may need dialysis.
- Injuries and conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes and lupus can damage kidneys, leading to kidney disease.
What does dialysis do
When your kidneys fail, dialysis keeps your body in balance by :
- Removing waste, salt and extra water to prevent them from building up in the body
- Keeping a safe level of certain chemicals in your blood, such as potassium, sodium and bicarbonate
- Helping to control blood pressure
Types of Dialysis