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What is dialysis?

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Dr. Raj Singh
Internal Medicine 11 years experience
Cleaning of blood: There are two main types of dialysis: hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. Both types filter your blood to rid your body of harmful wastes, extra salt and water. Hemodialysis does that with a machine. Peritoneal dialysis uses the lining of your abdomen, called the peritoneal membrane, to filter your blood.
Dr. Amitabh Gautam
Transplant Surgery 42 years experience
Kidney failure treat: Kidneys are vital to keep the body in a stable condition, removing waste products, keeping water and electrolytes within very narrow range required for normal function of all the organs. With kidney failure this can be done by dialysis either hemodialysis where blood is filtered through an external machine or using the lining od the abdomen (peritoneal membrane) as a filtering mechanism.
Dr. S. Smiley Thakur
Nephrology and Dialysis 31 years experience
Clean & Squeeze: Dialysis is both about cleaning (dialysis) the blood of toxins and squeezing (ultra-filtering) excess fluid out. Both functions are done constantly in patients with normal function.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

Can there be an alternative to dialysis?

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Dr. Kalyani Perumal
Nephrology and Dialysis 29 years experience
TRANSPLANTATION: Kidney transplantation is the only alternative. Most often, when one mode of dialysis does not work out for someone, they can switch to other modes of dialysis. 3 modes include- conventional incenter hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis and home hemodialysis. You should speak to your nephrologist to discuss the options, including transplantation.
Dr. Linda Gromko
Family Medicine 48 years experience
Home dialysis can often give a person the greatest in flexiility. It may be done overnight while you sleep, so it may impact your quality of life less than in-center dialysis. Read "Help! I Need Dialysis by John Agar MD and Dori Schatell. Good luck. LGromkoMD
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A 39-year-old member asked:

How is dialysis performed?

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Dr. David Weinstein
Nephrology and Dialysis 22 years experience
Dialysis: Dialysis can be done through the blood (hemodialysis) or through the abdomen (peritoneal dialysis). Hemodialysis involves passing the blood across and filter to purify it / remove toxins and remove water. Peritoneal dialysis takes advantage of the membrane within the abdomen to act as a filter. In either case toxins are removed from the blood stream.
A 50-year-old member asked:

Salting in ,salting out dialysis, what is this for?

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Dr. James Lin
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Here is some...: Dialysis is to help patients with end-stage kidney disease to temporarily handle body fluid, electrolytes, & others by adjusting the electrolyte concentration of circulating fluid so to equilibrate and temporarily restore the electrolyte balance. As to "salting-in & salting-out", it simplifies the idea to balance electrolytes as briefed above. Besides, ask your nephrologist timely.
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A 20-year-old male asked:

How old is to old for dialysis?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
You never too old: You are never too old for dialysis in usa. I don't know in other countries.

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