Dialysis Overview

Dialysis is a treatment that performs the job of your kidneys. Kidney disease lowers the kidney’s natural ability to clean blood. Dialysis takes over the job of your kidney to avoid inevitable buildup of waste and toxins. Dialysis can seem like an overwhelming process, but you are not alone! Hundreds of thousands of people in the US are on dialysis. Whether through ...

How Hemodialysis Works

‘Hemo’ means blood, so hemodialysis means blood dialysis. Hemodialysis is done using a special filter called a dialyzer which functions as an artificial kidney. Your blood travels though plastic tubing the dialyzer, it cleans the blood, and then the machine returns it back to you. The dialyzer uses two main principles to filter your blood. The dialyzer filter has two ...

Hemodialysis Access

Reliable access to your bloodstream is the cornerstone of dialysis therapy. Removing and replacing blood is a delicate process, so your access site is your lifeline. Depending on your health and the strength of your veins, you and your vascular surgeon can decide which type (fistula, graft, or catheter) is best for you. There are 3 types of access for ...

Hemodialysis Options

Your lifestyle will largely determine how you go forward with dialysis. You can do HD (hemodialysis) at a dialysis center where a nurse or technician does dialysis for you. Done by: Nurses and technicians Ideal candidates: Retirees, people available during business hours Pros: Four hours in a chair to do whatever you want, whoo hoo! Read, nap, use your laptop, ...

Peritoneal Dialysis

Peritoneal Dialysis (PD) – We have a membrane called a peritoneal membrane and it lines our abdominal cavity. Thankfully we can use that peritoneal membrane as a filter. A catheter is surgically placed in your abdominal cavity where we do something called an exchange. Fluid is put into the abdominal cavity, we let it sit there for a few hours ...

Concerns About Dialysis

Home hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis are good options for busy schedules. If you prefer in center dialysis, 1st or 4th shifts are good options. Peritoneal dialysis will provide the best quality of life.