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What is dialysis?

  • Dialysis uses a filtering machine or a special fluid in your belly to filter waste out of your body. This is usually something your kidneys do.
  • Dialysis only filters out waste – it can’t replace other functions of your kidneys, such as making hormones. Dialysis only does 10-15% of the work that a healthy kidney would do.
  • For some people, dialysis is the only option for treating kidney disease. For others, dialysis keeps them alive until a kidney is found for a transplant.

Life on dialysis

Watch this video to hear kidney patients talk about life on dialysis.

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