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