Dialysis

Dialysis is a treatment that does the work of healthy kidneys when the kidneys have stopped functioning properly, and is typically recommended for people with advanced kidney disease.

There are two types of dialysis: hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis. Both require machines to perform the function normally performed by the kidneys. Geisinger offers hospital-based, outpatient and in-home dialysis services.


What you should know about dialysis

  • Dialysis keeps the body in balance when the kidneys no longer can. The main functions of dialysis are to:
    • Remove excess waste, salt and water from the body to prevent unhealthy buildup
    • Keep certain chemicals such as potassium, sodium and bicarbonate at safe levels in the blood
    • Help control blood pressure
  • Life expectancy on dialysis can vary depending on other medical conditions. Many patients live well on dialysis for 20 or 30 years.
  • Except for treatment time, many patients live normal lives while on dialysis. Patients often feel better after treatment because dialysis helps the problems caused by kidney failure.

Why choose Geisinger for your dialysis?

  • We recognize living with kidney failure or end-stage renal disease can change how you carry out day-to-day activities. We will help you and your family adjust to those changes by providing prevention care, education, lifestyle recommendations and one-on-one support.    
  • We partner with dialysis clinics throughout the region in Berwick, Frackville, Lewisburg, Lewistown, Lock Haven, Mt. Carmel, Selinsgrove and State College. Talk with our nephrology team to learn more about receiving dialysis treatments at a convenient location.

Treats these conditions

Dialysis can help people with kidney failure lead normal lives. At Geisinger we offer convenient dialysis treatments for:

  • Kidney failure

Specialties and institutes

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