Dialysis helps your body get rid of waste and extra fluids in your blood. But, it cannot do everything that healthy kidneys do. This means you may have some of the health problems that come with kidney failure even though you are on dialysis.
One treatment for kidney failure is called hemodialysis, or “hemo” for short. This type of treatment uses a machine to clean your blood. It can be done at a dialysis center or at home. Learn more about in-center hemodialysis and home hemodialysis.
Peritoneal dialysis is a treatment that cleans your blood by using the lining of your belly area (abdomen), called your peritoneum, and a cleaning solution called dialysate. Peritoneal dialysis may be done at home or even at work if you have a private, clean area. Learn more about how peritoneal dialysis works.