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 ...

Hemodialysis

Hemodialysis! “Hemo” means blood. When kidneys fail, the body is no longer able to filter waste from that blood (End Stage Renal Disease). Hemodialysis picks up where your kidneys left off by using a machine to clean your blood instead. This machine, called a dialyzer, takes small amount of blood at a time and cleans it while monitoring important vitals ...

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. Catheters are bad news long term because ...

Hemodialysis Options

Your lifestyle will largely determine how you go forward with dialysis. 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, listen to music, pretend to work… Details: Bloodwork will be checked monthly to track your progress. Your doctor ...

Peritoneal Dialysis

Peritoneal dialysis (PD) is a type of dialysis that uses the lining of your abdomen to filter waste from your blood. PD is done at home everyday. The entire process is called an “exchange” and is repeated several times depending on your doctor’s prescription. During an exchange, the cleansing solution (dialysate) has a high glucose level and draws out water from the blood vessels ...

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.