Our practice is equipped to manage all aspects of dialysis care. Features of our dialysis program include:
- Dedicated Nurse Practitioners who work closely with the nephrologists at our practice
- Hemodialysis management
- Peritoneal dialysis management
- Monthly clinic for home dialysis patients
- Hemodialysis vascular access center
TYPES OF DIALYSISHealthy kidneys clean the blood by removing excess fluid, minerals, and wastes. When the kidneys are compromised, a process called dialysis is used to filter waste, extra salt and water from the blood. There are two types of dialysis:
In-Center Hemodialysis: The patient is hooked up to a machine that filters the blood. A session of hemodialysis takes about 3-4 hours, and is generally required 3 times per week.
Home Hemodialysis: The patient and patient’s caregiver are trained to connect the patient to a special dialysis machine in his or her home. The dialysis session is monitored and can occur overnight (nocturnal dialysis), freeing the patient to work or recreate during the day.
Peritoneal dialysis: The lining of the abdomen, called the peritoneal membrane, is used to filter the blood. Peritoneal dialysis can be done at home.