Dialysis – doing your kidney’s work for you

Dialysis is a procedure used to replace some of the kidneys’ function. This treatment can replace only some basic functions of a normal kidney.

Two of the most important kidney functions – removal of excess body water and removal of waste products that have built up in the blood – are managed by the dialysis treatment.

However, even with this treatment, you will need to play your part in following the proper diet to keep water and waste products at an acceptable level.

Other functions, such as the role the kidneys play in building red blood cells and keeping your bones strong, are managed by medication.

Dialysis options – peritoneal dialysis and haemodialysis

The two main forms of dialysis are peritoneal dialysis and haemodialysis. Haemodialysis takes place outside the body, while peritoneal dialysis takes place within it.

Both types of dialysis are effective in treating kidney diseases. The choice between them depends mainly on your personal likes/dislikes and lifestyle choices but also on your general clinical condition.

You may have a medical condition that would make one or the other a better choice – your doctor can advise you regarding this.

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Haemodialysis is also available as home treatment.