Dialysis is the most common treatment for kidney failure. The main types of dialysis are called hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. Both forms of treatment use different machines to remove blood from the body, cleanse it of impurities and extra fluid, then return the purified blood back into the body.
For a person to undergo kidney dialysis, an interventional radiologist and/or a vascular surgeon creates access to the blood vessels or abdominal cavity.
We are one of the only facilities in the region to offer peritoneal dialysis.
With traditional hemodialysis, a patient has to come to a dialysis center two to three times a week for several hours at a time. Peritoneal dialysis offers much more flexibility by allowing you to receive dialysis at home, work or on vacation with a portable machine. An interventional radiologist inserts a small, flexible tube called a PD catheter into the abdomen. During treatments, a cleansing fluid goes into the abdomen and uses the blood vessels in the lining of belly (peritoneal membrane) to act as the artificial kidney. PD is not the best treatment method for everyone with kidney failure.
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