Kidney dialysis uses a special machine that filters excess fluid, salt and harmful waste from your blood, restoring blood to a healthy balance. Dialysis is used when the kidney is unable to perform this important function on its own. Dialysis is a life-support treatment for patients with chronic kidney disease or renal failure.
Types of dialysis include hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. Both are used to treat kidney failure. Hemodialysis uses a man-made membrane to filter the blood. Peritoneal dialysis uses the lining of the abdominal cavity (peritoneal membrane) and a solution (dialysate) to filter waste.
Learn how to prevent or slow down kidney disease from Dr. Janet Pedro, nephrologist with the Nanticoke Physician Network: