When you have proper kidney function, your kidneys eliminate waste and extra fluid from your blood. They also produce substances that keep your body well. If your kidneys start to fail, dialysis helps them work the way they’re supposed to.
Hemodialysis is an artificial kidney that removes waste, other fluids, and chemicals from your blood. Blood goes into the artificial kidney, receives treatment, and then goes back into your body.
Before you can begin hemodialysis, Dr. Ramos does a minor surgery, creating access for the machine to send your blood through a filter.
Dr. Ramos can provide access in one of three ways, including:
During your consultation at Kidney Doctors of South Texas, PA: Keith A. Ramos, MD, Dr. Ramos talks with you about your options, explaining how each access works, how to care for it, and how to keep it working well.
The team at Kidney Doctors of South Texas, PA: Keith A. Ramos, MD, assesses your condition after a comprehensive exam and determines if hemodialysis is right for you.
Factors to consider include:
If your kidney only has 10-15% of its function left, you need dialysis.
If you do hemodialysis at home, benefits include:
Benefits of in-center hemodialysis include being able to rely on and have the confidence in a trained staff member to manage your procedure. You can also find community and make friends at the center since you’re typically dialyzing at the same time as others.
To learn more about hemodialysis, call the friendly office staff at Kidney Doctors of South Texas, PA, at the office nearest you, or book your appointment online.