What is dialysis and how does it work?

  • January 25, 2021
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Dialysis works by filtering toxins, waste and fluid from your blood through a semipermeable membrane. The 2 types of dialysis, hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis, use different methods to filter blood. With hemodialysis, the filtering membrane is called a dialyzer and is inside a dialysis machine.

While kidney failure is often permanent – beginning as chronic kidney disease and progressing to end-stage kidney disease – it can be temporary. If one experiences acute kidney failure, dialysis is only necessary until the body responds to treatment and the kidneys are repaired.