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 Is it safe to reuse my dialyzer each dialysis treatment?
- Q Why does dialysis cause low blood pressure?
- Q How will my healthcare team react if I want to stop dialysis?
- Q How will I pay for my dialysis?
- Q Is dialysis painful?
- Q What are the effects of fluid build-up caused by dialysis?