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Dialysis

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Introduction
Dialysis is a type of treatment that replicates many of the kidney’s functions.
Why dialysis is necessary
Dialysis is often used to replicate the functions of the kidneys while a person is waiting to have a kidney transplant.
When dialysis is carried out
Dialysis will usually be recommended if your kidneys have lost most of their filtering ability and the levels of waste products in your blood are dangerously high.
How haemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis are performed
Haemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis are two types of dialysis that differ in how they are performed.
Advantages and disadvantages of the different types of dialysis
Both types of dialysis have the same results in terms of clinically effectiveness so often the choice between them is down to personal preference
Side effects of dialysis
Dialysis cause side effects. This is due to the way it is carried out and the fact that it can only compensate for the loss of kidney function to a certain extent.
Dialysis results
The effectiveness of dialysis depends on a number of factors including age, the cause of your kidney failure and whether you have any other long-term conditions.
Paul's story
Paul Taylor developed partial kidney failure at the age of 11. He's now 42 and has needed dialysis since the age of 21
'I’m amazed at how easy it was to get used to my routine'
Francesca Crozier lives in London. She is an end-stage renal patient and has been going for dialysis for the past six years.
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