Every year, hundreds of thousands of people go through dialysis for end stage renal disease. For many people, dialysis is an impending event on the horizon. If dialysis might be in your future, you may be feeling scared or unsure about what to expect. Sometimes the unknown is a lot scarier than the reality, however. Understanding what dialysis is and what to expect as a dialysis patient may help to put your nerves to rest.
What is dialysis?
Dialysis is a method of filtering the blood in place of kidney function. Since the kidneys are unable to filter the blood, the function is replaced by a dialysis machine. There are different kinds of dialysis, but hemodialysis is the most common. With hemodialysis, you are hooked up to a machine that removes the blood from your body, filters it through a machine, and is then replaced into your body. [Read more…]