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Frequently Asked Questions

What is dialysis?

Dialysis is a life-sustaining process that cleans waste products from the blood and removes extra fluids when a person’s kidneys fail. Dialysis patients typically require treatment on an ongoing basis unless they receive a kidney transplant.

How often is treatment needed?
Typically, in-center hemodialysis is conducted during the day, three times a week for three to five hours per session.

Who requires dialysis? What is chronic kidney disease (CKD)? What is end-stage renal disease (ESRD)? How are kidney function and disease stage measured? What causes kidney failure? What risk factors increase the likelihood of kidney disease? What are the signs or symptoms of CKD? What percentage of dialysis patients receive a kidney transplant?