What is Dialysis?

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Dialysis is a procedure that removes the waste products and excess fluid from the blood that the kidneys are unable to eliminate. Dialysis completes the function normally performed by kidneys when they are healthy. 

There are two types of dialysis: haemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. In some cases the choice of one method over the other depends strictly on medical criteria. However, in several cases the patient plays an important role in the decision-making process.

It is a lifelong treatment, except in cases where the patient recovers kidney function, which is very rare, or receives a kidney transplant. 

Substantiated information by:

Marta Quintela
Manel Vera
Ángeles Mayordomo
María Teresa López
Bárbara Romano Andrioni
Anna Yuguero
Montserrat Monereo

Published: 20 February 2018
Updated: 20 February 2018


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