What is Dialysis? Dialysis is needed to assists a patient’s kidney function that has decreased and is no longer properly removing toxins from a patient’s body.
Types of Dialysis
1. Hemodialysis Dialysis
The use of an artificial kidney (Dialyzer) is used to perform the function of a patients failed kidneys. The dialysis can be performed at a dialysis center, in a hospital or at home (based on doctor recommendation and patient preference).
How is Hemodialysis Dialysis Administered? Through a surgical access in the leg/arm blood vessel known as a Graft (depending on your circumstances) and connecting the patient to an artificial kidney for needed treatment.
How long is treatment for Hemodialysis Dialysis? A patient has to attend dialysis treatment three or four times a week for four hours intervals.
2. Peritoneal Dialysis? Peritoneal Dialysis cleans the blood within the patient with a catheter and dialysate (fluid and solutes) without the use of a dialyzer.
How is Peritoneal Dialysis Administered?
According to the National Kidney Foundation; “A catheter in the abdomen allows the dialysate (fluid and solutes) through the catheter. The blood stays in the arteries and veins and the excess of waste is drawn out of your blood and into the dialysate through the catheter.”