Your kidneys are vital organs that removes waste from your blood and body, including extra salt and fluid, through your urine. When kidneys stop functioning normally, a condition called kidney or renal failure (also known as ESRD) occurs. Treatment for kidney or renal failure includes two options in kidney transplant and dialysis.
Dialysis helps to keep the chemicals in your body balanced by removing excess waste from your blood. Dialysis functions similar to a water filter by surgically implanting a small device to rid your body of extra salt or other materials and letting clean blood circulate through your body.
There are two types of dialysis in peritoneal dialysis and hemodialysis. Here is more information about each type:
Peritoneal dialysis: This form of dialysis involves placing a soft, hollow tube into the lower abdomen near the belly button. Once the tube has been safely placed, a solution called dialysate is able to flow into the peritoneal cavity (the space in the abdomen where the organs are, lined by two layers of membrane called the peritoneum). The dialysate fluid absorbs the waste products and toxins through the peritoneum. The fluid is then drained from the abdomen, measured, and discarded.
The two categories of peritoneal dialysis are continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD) and continuous cyclic peritoneal dialysis (CCPD). CAPD does not require a machine, and can be done three to five times a day. CCPD, on the other hand, requires the use of a special dialysis machine that can be used in the home. This type of dialysis can be done while someone is asleep.
In determining which dialysis method is best for you, keep your 1) proximity to a dialysis center, 2) lifestyle and activities, and 3) costs of care in mind.
What is dialysis? Dialysis is a procedure that is done routinely on people who have acute or chronic kidney (renal) failure. The process involves removing waste substances and fluid from the blood tha...
How Much Do You Know about Dialysis? The kidney's main job is to get rid of extra fluid and waste material in your blood. Kidneys harmed by disease, injury, or birth defects lose their filtering abili...
Many disorders of the kidney require clinical care by a physician or other health care professional. Listed in the directory below are some of the conditions, for which we have provided a brief overvi...
What is hematuria? Hematuria is the presence of red blood cells (RBCs) in the urine. Often, the urine appears normal to the naked eye, but examination under a microscope shows a high number of RBCs. I...
Get Care Now
Get care for low-level urgent conditions through a video chat with a provider, 24/7, on your computer or mobile device.Learn More.
View wait times and save your place in line at an Intermountain InstaCare location near you.
If this is an emergency please go to the nearest emergency room or call 911.
Intermountain Healthcare is a Utah-based, not-for-profit system of 22 hospitals, a Medical Group with more than 1,600 physicians and advanced practice clinicians at about 180 clinics, a health plans division called SelectHealth, and other health services. Helping people live the healthiest lives possible, Intermountain is widely recognized as a leader in clinical quality improvement and in efficient healthcare delivery.
Still not finding what you are looking for?
Copyright ©2017, Intermountain Healthcare, All rights reserved.