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Dialysis

Kingwood Kidney Associates

Board Certified Internal Medicine & Nephrology located in Humble, TX

When your kidneys fail to perform their normal functions, you may need treatments like dialysis to prevent life-threatening complications. The board-certified Nephrologist, Sowmya Puthalapattu, MD, at Kingwood Kidney Associates, specialize in kidney disease and dialysis. To learn more about the life-saving treatment for kidney failure, contact the office in Kingwood, Texas, by phone or book an appointment online today.

Dialysis Q & A

What is dialysis?

Dialysis is a treatment for kidney failure. Your kidneys perform many vital functions, including maintaining blood mineral balance and making various hormones. However, your kidney’s primary function is to remove waste and fluid from your blood to make urine.

When your kidneys fail and no longer perform this vital function, waste and fluid build up in your body, creating an imbalance that may be toxic and deadly. 

Dialysis is a medical treatment that removes waste and fluid from your blood to restore balance and prevent life-threatening health complications. 

When is dialysis needed?

You need dialysis if you have end-stage renal failure, which occurs when you lose 85-90% of kidney function. In most cases, kidney function declines over time due to damage to the organ. The gradual loss of kidney function is called chronic kidney disease.

The experienced team at Kingwood Kidney Associates specializes in the care of chronic kidney disease and develops treatment plans aimed at preserving kidney function and preventing kidney failure. 

The team assesses kidney function by estimating your glomerular filtration rate (GFR), which provides information about how well your kidneys clear fluid and waste. 

Your GFR determines your stage of kidney disease, with stage 1 being mild and stage 5 being end-stage renal failure.

What are the types of dialysis?

There are two primary types of dialysis:

Hemodialysis

With hemodialysis, an artificial kidney machine, called a hemodialyzer, filters waste and fluid from your blood. During treatment, your blood flows from your arm to the machine through a special port called a fistula, the machine cleans your blood and then returns the blood to your body. 

Your hemodialysis treatments take about 3-4 hours and occur three days a week at a dialysis center under close medical supervision. 

Peritoneal dialysis

With peritoneal dialysis, your body’s peritoneal membrane in your abdomen cleans your blood. During treatment, a special solution called dialysate is administered through a catheter into your abdomen and then removed about 4-5 hours later. 

With peritoneal dialysis, you must administer and remove the dialysate up to five times a day. However, unlike hemodialysis, your peritoneal dialysis takes place where it’s convenient for you, including your home or work. 

The team at Kingwood Kidney Associates offers on-site and at-home dialysis support for both hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. 

To learn more about dialysis, contact Kingwood Kidney Associates by phone or book an appointment online today.