What does dialysis do?
When your kidneys fail, dialysis keeps your body in balance by:
- removing waste, salt and extra water to prevent them from building up in the body
- keeping a safe level of certain chemicals in your blood, such as potassium, sodium and bicarbonate
- helping to control blood pressure
When is dialysis needed?
You need dialysis when you develop end stage kidney failure --usually by the time you lose about 85 to 90 percent of your kidney function and have a GFR of <15.
How does dialysis work?
Source: Fresenius Medical Care
Curious to learn more? 💡
- Read the National Kidney Foundation's webpage on dialysis
- Download the Kidney Foundation's report: A "New Normal" - The First 90 Days of Dialysis
- Download the National Institutes of Health guide: What is kidney failure and how is it treated?