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Dialysis: Procedure and Benefits

We do have two kidneys, each about the size of a fist. These are located on either side of the spine. The function of kidneys is to purify the blood by removing waste and excess fluid from the body. If the function of kidneys is disturbed, dialysis is used to perform their function.

What are Kidneys?

Our kidneys are a pair of bean-shaped organs located on either sides of the body, below the ribs and behind the abdomen. Each kidney is about 4 to 5 inches long, about the size of a large fist. The kidneys’ work is to filter the blood. They remove wastes, keep the body’s fluid balance, and maintain the levels of electrolytes.

Chronic kidney disease, also known as chronic kidney failure, is the gradual loss of your kidney function. Your kidneys filter waste matter and excess fluids from the blood, which are then passed out in the urine. If you have chronic kidney disease, the levels of fluids, electrolytes and waste matters add up in your body.

Kidney diseases generally cannot be cured with medication. The objective of treatment is to address the fundamental cause for the sickness and prevent the condition from worsening. Patients with high blood pressure should regularly take blood pressure medications and strict to a healthy diet and exercise schedule.