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When your kidneys are healthy, they clean your blood. They also make hormones that keep your bones strong and your blood healthy. When your kidneys fail, you need treatment to replace the work your kidneys used to do. Unless you have a kidney transplant, you will need a treatment called dialysis.

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. Each type has both risks and benefits. They also require that you follow a special diet. Your doctor can help you decide the best type of dialysis for you.
Racial and ethnic differences in initiating home dialysis narrowed over time, analysis reveals

Racial and ethnic differences in initiating home dialysis narrowed over time, analysis reveals

Initiating dialysis at higher level of kidney function linked to lower patient survival

Initiating dialysis at higher level of kidney function linked to lower patient survival

Living-donor liver transplant offers advantages over deceased-donor, research finds

Living-donor liver transplant offers advantages over deceased-donor, research finds

KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Could the ACA really go away?

KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Could the ACA really go away?

Obese patients with Type 1 diabetes could safely receive robotic pancreas transplant

Obese patients with Type 1 diabetes could safely receive robotic pancreas transplant

Using Obamacare authority, Trump aims to shift dialysis care to patients’ homes

Using Obamacare authority, Trump aims to shift dialysis care to patients’ homes

Chronic kidney disease patients are excluded from clinical trials

Chronic kidney disease patients are excluded from clinical trials

Researchers identify possible role of polyphosphate in dialysis-related amyloidosis

Researchers identify possible role of polyphosphate in dialysis-related amyloidosis

Functional decline highly prevalent in older adults initiating dialysis

Functional decline highly prevalent in older adults initiating dialysis

In secret, seniors discuss ‘rational suicide’

In secret, seniors discuss ‘rational suicide’

Scientists develop new class of drugs to treat hereditary kidney disease

Scientists develop new class of drugs to treat hereditary kidney disease

Miracle machine makes heroic rescues — and leaves patients in limbo

Miracle machine makes heroic rescues — and leaves patients in limbo

Urinary DKK3 can improve prediction of AKI

Urinary DKK3 can improve prediction of AKI

One-fifth of U.S. surgeons still 'overusing' riskier method to create kidney dialysis access, study finds

One-fifth of U.S. surgeons still 'overusing' riskier method to create kidney dialysis access, study finds

Rapid fluid removal from patients with failing kidneys linked to increased risk of death

Rapid fluid removal from patients with failing kidneys linked to increased risk of death

Researchers identify trends in use of transcatheter dialysis conduit procedures over 15 years

Researchers identify trends in use of transcatheter dialysis conduit procedures over 15 years

An 84-year-old man saves neighbor's life, becomes oldest living kidney donor in the U.S.

An 84-year-old man saves neighbor's life, becomes oldest living kidney donor in the U.S.

WFIRM researchers engineer vascularized functional renal tissues for kidney regeneration

WFIRM researchers engineer vascularized functional renal tissues for kidney regeneration

Study finds substantial volume overload in kidney failure patients initiating peritoneal dialysis

Study finds substantial volume overload in kidney failure patients initiating peritoneal dialysis

Robotic pets designed to care for older adults

Robotic pets designed to care for older adults