Dialysis is an artificial way to remove harmful waste and excess salt and fluid from your blood when your kidneys can no longer do so on their own. Hemodialysis is the most common type of dialysis.
During hemodialysis, a needle is inserted into your arm through a special access point. Your blood is then directed through the needle and special tubing to a machine called a dialyzer, which filters your blood a few ounces at a time. The filtered blood returns to your body through another needle.
Hemodialysis helps you live, work and enjoy life despite failing kidneys.