Dialysis

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Surya Medical Group

Family Medicine & Geriatrics & Nephrology located in Kenosha, WI

In a given year, roughly 500,000 patients receive dialysis treatment for chronic kidney disease. If you’re in need of dialysis, the expert physicians at Surya Medical Group in Kenosha, Wisconsin, can help you find the proper dialysis treatment. To find out more information on dialysis, call the office or schedule an appointment online.

Dialysis Q & A

Why do I need dialysis?

Your kidneys are responsible for removing waste from your body. This waste, including byproducts from digestion and muscle wear-and-tear (creatinine), passes out through urine. When your kidneys start failing, you may need lifelong dialysis treatments to aid in waste removal.

In general, your physician may recommend dialysis if you’ve lost about 85-90% of your normal kidney function, which is usually considered end-stage kidney failure. 

Dialysis is also often needed if you have a glomerular filtration rate (GFR) less than 15. The GFR begins with a simple blood test to estimate your kidney function by incorporating a calculation that includes your creatinine levels, age, size, and gender.

Occasionally, dialysis is part of your treatment plan if you’ve suffered from acute kidney failure, possibly after a viral or bacterial infection. In this case, dialysis is needed temporarily to help your kidneys get caught up, so you can restore your health and full kidney function. 

What is dialysis?

Dialysis works in two different ways to remove waste from your body, depending on your specific diagnosis. Below are descriptions of the two different types of dialysis offered at Surya Medical Group.

Hemodialysis

Hemodialysis involves using an artificial kidney (hemodialyzer) to mimic normal kidney processes. Your doctor performs a minor surgical procedure to create an access point to a blood vessel either in your arm or leg. This access stays in place often for several years.

During your hemodialysis session, which can take several hours at the clinic, the hemodialyzer processes your blood outside of your body. The machine eliminates waste products, such as creatinine and urea, and restores healthy blood. 

Peritoneal dialysis 

Peritoneal dialysis is similar, except instead of using an outside artificial kidney, your dialysis treatment cleans your blood inside your body. This type of dialysis involves undergoing a surgical procedure to have a catheter access point placed in your abdomen, so you can perform dialysis treatments at home.

Peritoneal dialysis can involve placing a bag of dialysate — to clean your blood — into your catheter so it can enter your abdomen. This solution stays in place for about four to five hours before you need to drain it back out. You can also perform peritoneal dialysis with a machine known as a cycle, depending on your specific needs. 

How often do I need dialysis?

Your dedicated physician at Surya Medical Group helps you learn about your unique dialysis plan and how to live with kidney failure. If your treatment plan includes hemodialysis, you may need to come into the clinic about three times per week. 

But if you’re undergoing peritoneal dialysis, you’re given detailed instructions about when and how to perform your treatment at home. Usually, peritoneal dialysis treatments are necessary several times per day, or even while you sleep (if you’re using a cycler).

Learn more about the personalized dialysis services offered at Surya Medical Group by calling the office or booking an appointment online.