As the kidneys lose their ability to function, fluid, minerals, and waste products that are normally removed from the body in the urine begin to build up in the blood. When these problems reach a critical stage, excess fluid and waste must be removed either by getting a kidney transplant or with kidney (renal) replacement therapy (also called dialysis).
There are two types of dialysis: hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. Kidney transplantation may be an option for some patients, although dialysis is the most commonly used treatment. The “best” type of dialysis depends upon your abilities, underlying medical illnesses, and personal needs.
Dialysis or Kidney Transplant, What is right for me?
More information about Dialysis:
Chronic Kidney Disease
Polycystic kidney disease