Dialysis works like an artificial kidney by removing waste from the body. In hemodialysis, the most common type of dialysis, the blood is removed from the body and waste is filtered from the blood before being pumped back into the body. This is done with either short- or long-term access to the bloodstream. Hemodialysis is usually required three times a week.
- Q Can I stop dialysis treatment if I want to?
- Q How long can I live on dialysis?
- Q Is dialysis a common treatment for kidney failure?
- Q How does a kidney dialysis machine work?
- Q Will I need to speak to a psychiatrist if I want to stop dialysis?
- Q What determines my need for dialysis?