Dialysis Overview

Dialysis is a type of renal replacement therapy. It is a treatment which removes excess water, solutes, and waste products from the body when the kidneys cannot naturally perform these functions. It doesn't provide complete replacement of kidney function. But by removing the metabolic waste and excess water, it provides a means to sustain life for those with advanced kidney ...

How Hemodialysis Works

"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 like ...

Hemodialysis Access

Reliable access to your bloodstream is the cornerstone of dialysis therapy. Removing and replacing blood is a delicate process, so your dialysis access 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: In Center vs. At Home

Your lifestyle will largely determine which type of dialysis and where you chose to do it. Hemodialysis can either be performed at a dialysis center where a nurse or technician does dialysis for you, or it can be done by a machine within the home. Done by: Nurses and technicians Ideal candidates: Retirees, people available during business hours Pros: 3-4 ...

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.