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What is Dialysis?

Dialysis is a treatment that replaces some of the things healthy kidneys normally do. 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 with kidney failure will need dialysis or a kidney transplant for the rest of their life. 


  • Removes waste and extra fluid to prevent them from building up in the body.
  • Keeps a safe level of certain minerals in your blood, such as phosphorous, potassium, and sodium.
  • 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.
  • Greenfield Health Systems (GHS) has a highly trained home dialysis care team. This team teaches patients everything they need to know to provide their own treatment in the comfort of their home. The team continues to provide support and education throughout the home dialysis journey.
  • The third type of dialysis is in-center hemodialysis. This occurs at one of the GHS 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.