When the kidney fails, dialysis will remove the fluid and waste products that build up in the body. At Siddhivinayak Multispeciality Hospital, kidney failure is treated in the Dialysis Unit with either hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis.
Gaining Dialysis Access
The dialysis unit provides dialysis treatments for people who are admitted to the hospital. A patient admitted to the hospital will be referred to one of the nephrologists and the dialysis treatment will be arranged through the dialysis unit. Dialysis treatments can be done right in the hospital room.
Creating a Dialysis Access
If you are new to dialysis, both hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis requires an access to allow for the dialysis procedure. The Urology or Vascular Surgery services at Lahey will create the necessary surgical access for dialysis.
If necessary, a hemodialysis access can be evaluated for adequate blood flow with a specialized X-ray in the done in the radiology department. The surgeon will then explain what is needed to correct the problem.
Types of Dialysis:
Hemodialysis cleans the blood by passing it through a filter. This is performed in a dialysis center using a dialysis machine. The out-patient hemodialysis unit can accommodate up to eleven people at a time. Out patients receive hemodialysis treatments during one of the four daily treatment times. The treatments are scheduled 3 times a week and take approximately 3 to 4 hours to complete.
Peritoneal Dialysis –
Peritoneal dialysis is a treatment choice for kidney failure which allows patients to perform dialysis at home. This provides convenience and mobility, minimizing trips to the dialysis unit.
After a training program taught by a RN, supplies are sent home with the patient, who is then able to stay at home and self-administer their treatments.