Is dialysis a common treatment for kidney failure?

Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Medicine

   Dialysis is the standard treatment for kidney failure around the world.  Dialysis has saved the lives of many people with end stage renal failure.  Hemodialysis was started as a regular treatment in 1960 and continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis in 1976.


If you have been diagnosed with kidney failure, you are among the 23 million Americans aged 20 years and older with this disease. Over half million people with kidney failure have an advanced form of this condition, also referred to as end-stage renal disease, and nearly 75% of them receive some type of dialysis. The overwhelming majority of these people receive conventional dialysis in clinics.

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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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