Dialysis Program

Our practice is equipped to manage all aspects of dialysis care.

Features of the dialysis program at Desert Kidney Associate include:

  • Three dedicated Nurse Practitioners who work closely with the nephrologists in at our practice.
  • Hemodialysis management
  • Peritoneal dialysis management
  • Monthly clinic for home dialysis patients
  • Our own dialysis access center

Types of dialysis

Healthy 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:

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.

Peritoneal dialysis

The lining of the abdomen, called the peritoneal membrane, is used to filter the blood. Peritoneal dialysis can be done at home.