Dialysis

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Dialysis is a treatment that takes care of some of the functions of healthy kidneys. It is needed when your own kidneys can no longer take care of your bodys needs. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about dialysis in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

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. Both types filter your blood to rid your body of harmful wastes, extra salt and water.

Hemodialysis uses a machine. Peritoneal dialysis uses the lining of your abdomen, called the peritoneal membrane, to filter your blood.

Some kinds of acute kidney failure get better after treatment. In some cases of acute kidney failure, dialysis may only be needed for a short time until the kidneys get better. In chronic or end stage kidney failure, your kidneys do not get better and you will need dialysis for the rest of your life.

Dialysis can be done in a hospital, in a dialysis unit that is not part of a hospital, or at home. You and your doctor will decide which place is best, based on your medical condition and your wishes.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.