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The dialysis department's purpose is to treat kidneys that are not working properly. Dialysis helps remove waste, excess water and salt from the kidneys. Specialized doctors and nurses take pride in the care they provide to patients.
Your kidneys—twin organs that perform vital functions—are necessary to sustain life. They clean waste materials and excess fluids from the blood, filter the blood while maintaining some compounds and excreting others, and help regulate blood pressure and the red blood cell count.
When your kidneys fail, you must either receive dialysis treatments or a kidney transplant. Bay Area Medical Center offers hemodialysis, in which a machine purifies the blood, and peritoneal dialysis, which can be done inside the patient's body without machines.
We also provide dialysis care for visiting and vacationing people and have 24-hour on-call emergency services. Regardless of which option a patient chooses, the specially trained staff of nurses and technicians is always available to answer questions and provide guidance.
Hemodialysis is a medical procedure that uses a dialysis machine to filter waste products from the blood and to restore normal parts to blood. This shuffling of multiple substances is achieved because of differences in their rates of flow through a dialysis membrane.
Although hemodialysis may be done for acute kidney failure, it is more often employed for chronic renal disease. Hemodialysis is frequently done to treat end-stage kidney disease. In this case, kidney dialysis is typically given using a fixed schedule of three times per week.
Peritoneal dialysis uses the patient's own body tissues inside of the abdominal cavity to act as a filter. The intestines lie in the abdominal cavity, the space between the abdominal wall and the spine. A plastic tube called a dialysis catheter is placed through the abdominal wall into the abdominal cavity. A special fluid is then flushed into the abdominal cavity and washes around the intestines. The intestinal walls act as a filter between this fluid and the blood stream. By using different types of solutions, waste products and excess water can be removed from the body.
For more information, please call Bay Area Medical Center at 715.735.4200, ext. 4140.