Dialysis therapy

What is Dialysis Therapy?

Dialysis is a medical treatment used to filter and cleanse toxins, waste, and excess fluid from the blood stream. It is used when kidneys can no longer do the job of filtering the blood. Dialysis therapy is commonly used for people with end stage renal disease.

Types of Dialysis

The two most common forms of dialysis are hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis.

  • Hemodialysis - Hemodialysis is performed by a dialysis machine, which serves as an artificial kidney to cleanse the blood by filtering out toxins and waste.
  • Peritoneal Dialysis - Peritoneal dialysis is a form of home dialysis, where a special fluid is inserted into the abdomen that filters wastes from the blood.

Benefits of Dialysis

  • Detoxifies the body by removing toxins, chemicals, and waste products regularly.
  • Allows a person to keep their natural body chemistry by replacing fluids and electrolytes.
  • Provides a way for a person to maintain their blood pressure.
  • Regulates the body’s acid levels.

Risks of Dialysis

Although dialysis therapy is a very important treatment for those suffering from end stage renal disease, there are potential risks associated with both forms of dialysis. Common risks of dialysis include infection, hypertension, altered mental status, fatigue, cramping, muscle cramps, headaches, dizziness, and heart arrhythmias.