How will dialysis affect me on a daily basis?


Rest assured that hundreds of thousands of people who are in dialysis therapy conduct normal, healthy lives. If you need dialysis to treat acute kidney failure, you may only need dialysis for a short period of time. However, if you have chronic kidney failure, you may need dialysis on a permanent basis. Dialysis is performed at a clinic, hospital, or your home. You may rest, read, sleep, or watch TV during the process, which usually takes anywhere from two to five hours, depending on the frequency.

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Healthy kidneys remove waste from your blood and produce hormones your body needs. If your kidneys fail, you either need a kidney transplant or dialysis. Dialysis is a procedure that uses a machine to perform many of the functions ...

of the kidney. Dialysis can help prevent problems resulting from kidney failure and it allows people with kidney failure to live productive lives. Dialysis filters your blood, and like a health kidney, removes waste from your blood. Patients using dialysis are also required to follow a strict diet in order to stay healthy. There are two types of dialysis: hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. There are different advantages and disadvantages with both hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. Talk to your doctor about which type of dialysis would work better for you.

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