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Dialysis: key facts

When you have end stage kidney disease your body cannot get rid of extra water and waste products. Dialysis is the removal of the water and waste products.

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Dialysis is one of the options for managing kidney failure. Dialysis filters out toxins, wastes and extra fluid. It doesn't replace your kidneys, nor does it return your kidney function to normal. However, it does help to improve your health and help people continue to live even after their kidneys have failed.

Starting dialysis, and being on it for a period of time, can be overwhelming and a major life adjustment. being well prepared will make a big difference. If your kidneys are failing or have failed, dialysis is incredibly important, especially it it's the treatment plane you've decided upon with your health professional. Dialysis helps to remove waste products and extra fluid from the blood.

How long you'll need to be on dialysis

If you choose to go on dialysis, it must be performed for the rest of your life up until the point you receive a transplant. If you decide dialysis isn't the right option for you, you may elect for comprehensive supportive care.

While you're on dialysis, it's an ongoing process, and it's important that you don't miss a session. This may mean that you have to make adjustments to your work and home life, although there are home treatments available.

Types of dialysis