Aurora offers dialysis services throughout locations in eastern Wisconsin.
What is dialysis?
Dialysis is a procedure that performs the functions of natural kidneys when the kidneys fail. Most patients begin dialysis when their kidneys have lost 85% to 90% of their ability to function, and will continue dialysis for the rest of their lives (unless a kidney transplant is available and successful). Dialysis is not a cure, but helps you feel better and live longer.
The purpose of dialysis is to help keep the body's chemicals in balance, which the kidneys do when they are healthy. The main functions of dialysis are:
- Removing waste and excess fluid from the blood to prevent build-up
- Controlling blood pressure
- Keeping a safe level of chemicals in the body, such as potassium, sodium, and chloride