What is Dialysis?

Dialysis is a treatment that replaces some of the things done by healthy kidneys. It is needed when a person’s own kidneys can no longer take care of the body’s needs. Dialysis removes waste and extra fluid from the blood. People that go on dialysis will need one of the treatment options for the remainder of their life (or a kidney transplant).


In dialysis the blood is cleaned to remove the toxins and extra fluid to keep your body in balance. Dialysis does the following:

  • removes waste, salt and extra water to prevent them from building up in the body
  • keeps a safe level of certain chemicals in your blood, such as potassium, sodium and bicarbonate
  • helps to control blood pressure

There are three different types of dialysis. Two of the types of dialysis can be done in the comfort of your own home: peritoneal dialysis and home hemodialysis. Our highly trained home dialysis care team will teach you everything you need to know to provide your own treatment. They continue to provide support and education throughout your home dialysis journey.

The third type of dialysis is in-center hemodialysis which occurs at one of our dialysis units located in Detroit and throughout the metropolitan area.

To learn more about the different types of dialysis, we encourage you to attend one of our free “Let’s Talk CKD” classes.