When your kidneys are only able to function at approximately 10 %, dialysis is needed.

Dialysis acts as an artificial kidney outside of your body, since your kidneys are no longer able to remove excess water and waste. There are two types of dialysis:

Hemodialysis

During hemodialysis, blood is pumped through a filter, called a dialyzer, which acts as an artificial kidney.
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Peritoneal Dialysis

Peritoneal dialysis removes waste products and excess water, but your blood is cleaned while it is inside your body.
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Although dialysis is not a cure for kidney disease, and it does not completely replace the function of your kidneys, it can help you feel better, living a longer and healthier life. People on dialysis are able to live relatively normal lives, with working, and even traveling, continuing to be part of daily life. For more information about working while on dialysis, click here. For more information about traveling and dialysis, click here.

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