Dialysis is the most common treatment for kidney failure. There are two main types of dialysis called hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. Both forms of dialysis use different machines to remove blood from the body, cleanse it of impurities and extra fluid and return the purified blood back to the body.
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In order for a person to undergo dialysis an interventional radiologists creates access to the blood vessels or abdominal cavity.
- Arterial venous fistula management
- Hemodialysis catheters
- Peritoneal Dialysis catheters
Peritoneal Dialysis Center
Carle is 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 a patient to receive dialysis at home, work or on vacation because the machine is portable. An interventional radiologist inserts a small, flexible tube called a PD catheter into the patient's 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. Peritoneal dialysis is not for everyone with kidney failure. Talk to your doctor about whether this treatment is right for you.