If your kidneys aren’t working the way they should, your nephrologist at Remix Medical in Houston may recommend dialysis. The kidney experts can talk to you about all your dialysis options, including hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis, and help you determine the best treatment option for you. For expert kidney care, call today or use the online booking button to schedule an appointment.
Dialysis is a medical treatment that mimics kidney function and filters your blood of waste and toxic substances to keep you healthy.
Depending on the type of dialysis you need, dialysis treatment can be done at a special dialysis center, the hospital, or even at home.
Dialysis is recommended if you’re in kidney failure, which is when your kidneys are working at 10% or less of their normal capacity. Chronic kidney disease typically develops over time, so it’s usually not a surprise when dialysis is recommended. However, there are some cases where your kidneys may fail due to an infection or injury, prompting your need for dialysis with less warning signs.
Chronic kidney disease doesn’t get better, which means you will need dialysis for life unless you’re a candidate for a kidney transplant.
There are two primary types of dialysis: hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis.
With hemodialysis, your blood is filtered using an artificial kidney, referred to as a hemodialyzer. To clean your blood using hemodialysis, your physician at Remix Medical must first place an access port to your blood vessels, usually in your arm or your leg.
The hemodialyzer takes the blood from your body through your access to the machine, which contains filters that clean your blood and returns cleaned blood back to your body. Treatment takes place three times a week and lasts about four hours each time.
Hemodialysis is typically done at a dialysis center.
With peritoneal dialysis, your blood is cleaned in your peritoneal cavity, which is the open space in your abdomen. During treatment, a special fluid called dialysate is placed into the cavity through a catheter in your abdomen, which draws out the wastes and fluid from your blood. The dialysate sits in your abdominal cavity for a set period of time to clean your blood and is then drained.
You have two options for peritoneal dialysis, including
Whether CAPD or APD, you may need several treatments throughout the day to keep your blood clean.
Remix Medical also provides acute mobile dialysis, which can be done at the hospital under direct supervision of a dialysis expert.
For experienced dialysis care, call Remix Medical or schedule an appointment online.