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Healthy kidneys clean your blood and make hormones to keep your bones strong and your blood healthy. When your kidneys don’t work properly or you experience kidney failure, you’ll need dialysis or a kidney transplant.
Dialysis does the work your healthy kidneys used to do. It purifies your blood by removing waste and excess fluid from your body. Regular dialysis sessions help you live better.
While Essentia Health does not own and operate a dialysis service, our nephrologists work in collaboration with outside providers to oversee patient care. These providers often rent space at Essentia facilities.
Your kidney doctor will recommend the type of dialysis that will work best for you:
Depending on your motivation, support, and home environment, you may choose to give yourself dialysis treatments at home. Essentia staff will train and guide you on home dialysis.
If your hospitalized and can’t tolerate regular dialysis treatments, continuous renal therapy (CRT) provides slow, gentle dialysis over 24 hours.