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What do my kidneys do?

Kidneys are essentially blood-cleansing organs. Your kidneys serve several vital functions, including:

  • Remove waste from the body in the form of urine
  • Filter toxins from the blood
  • Help to regulate blood pressure and the balance of certain important nutrients, including potassium and calcium

What is dialysis?

Dialysis is a life-saving process that artificially replaces the functions of the kidney. There are two types of dialysis: hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. Hemodialysis involves removing blood from the body and filtering it in a machine. Peritoneal dialysis is internal or in-body dialysis. Peritoneal dialysis entails use of a blood-cleansing solution called “dialysate” that is injected into the peritoneal cavity, the region of the abdomen that is lined by the peritoneum.

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