What happens during dialysis?
There are 2 types of dialysis, each categorized by how your blood would be filtered.
This type of dialysis uses an external machine. Your blood will pass through a tube to the machine where your blood would be filtered. The filtered blood would be returned to your body using the same tube.
This type is when your peritoneum, the lining inside your abdomen, is used instead of a machine. A cut would be made into your abdomen where a catheter would be inserted. Once in place, fluid will fill up the peritoneal cavity through the catheter.
The tiny blood vessels in the cavity remove wastes from your blood when it passes through. After a few hours, the fluid is removed and replaced to repeat the process. Your health care provider will discuss the pros and cons of each type so you could better decide which one you prefer.