Kidneys and Dialysis – a layman’s guide

It is important for people on dialysis to read up and know as much about kidney disease as possible. Knowledge, they say, is power! The more you learn about your disease and about dialysis and its intricacies, the better control you will be able to take of your treatment. Who knows your body better than you?!

When you learn more and more about your disease, you can also have more meaningful discussions, more informed discussions about your treatment. Remember, for your doctor, you are one among the numerous patients he or she sees every day. However, for you, you are the only patient you are thinking about! Take advantage of this and read up a lot about your specific condition. Read up on what’s happening in the world of dialysis. The future holds a lot of promise for dialysis patients. There is a lot of exciting stuff coming out!


The internet is a great source of information. People use the internet to get up-to-date information on a variety of topics. There is a whole lot of information waiting to be explored on the internet. Use a search engine like Google or Bing to look for information that may interest you. You could also become a member of an online forum or a support group that has other dialysis patients as members and get information on almost anything related to dialysis.

In this section, you will learn about the basics of kidney disease and dialysis. Click on the links below to dig in:

1. What are kidneys and what do they do?

2. What is dialysis?

3. Hemodialysis versus Peritoneal Dialysis

4. Home Dialysis

5. Cross Infections in Dialysis Units

6. Erythropoietin or plain water?