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Finding out that you have kidney disease can be difficult. If you’re diagnosed it’s important for you to take control of your health, and understand your kidneys and the treatment options you have. You are not alone in this process. DaVita has a caring, compassionate and well educated team to help you understand kidney disease and the right treatment option for you and your lifestyle. From dialyzing at home, getting treated at a center or receiving a kidney transplant, there is an option that’s right for you. Please discuss the best treatment option for you with your physician.

Kidney Care Services

The following services may not be available at all centers. Please check with your local center to see which of these services are available.

Dialysis treatment for patients who have acute, or sudden loss, of kidney function commonly due to trauma or injury. Kidney function may restore after treatment.

During apheresis blood is removed from the body and components such as plasma or platelets are removed from the blood prior to putting the blood back into your system. This is performed through a machine which separates the blood components, isolates the harmful components and returns the remaining, healthy components to the body. The length of time apheresis requires depends on the procedure your doctor has ordered, but usually takes between two to three hours.

With CAPD, the patient manually performs his or her own fluid exchanges two to five times daily – without the use of a machine. The fluid exchange includes draining the dialysis solution from the abdomen, then filling it with fresh solution and letting the solution dwell in the abdomen for a period of time. To do an exchange, the patient takes a bag of dialysate, which is a solution of water and minerals to keep the body in balance, and attaches it to the PD catheter and in the abdomen. Several hours later, the PD catheter is attached to an empty bag and the solution is drained out. A new bag of dialysate is then filled into the abdomen, to be drained out again in three to four hours.

Each drain and fill exchange takes about 15 to 20 minutes, and can be done in a clean area at home or at work. People who have significant function left in their kidneys can sometimes do well with only two to three exchanges per day. However, most patients need four to five exchanges per day in order to stay well.

Hemodialysis is a therapy that filters waste, removes extra fluid and balances electrolytes (sodium, potassium, bicarbonate, chloride, calcium, magnesium and phosphate). Learn More »

Hemofiltraton (renal replacement therapy), is similar to hemodialysis and is an alternative for hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis patients. It is for patients who have acute, or sudden loss, of kidney function commonly due to trauma or injury. This is usually done in an intensive care setting and for high-risk, unstable patients with comorbidities.

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Finding a treatment that fits your lifestyle is essential to maintaining your quality of life. Performing hemodialysis at home helps many people do just that. Learn More »

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Whenever dialysis patients need to be treated in a hospital for reasons unrelated to their kidney disease, we can care for the necessary dialysis treatments during their stay at our dialysis units located in various hospitals throughout the country. Learn More »

IPD is a form of PD that is done with assistance and usually in a hospital or in-patient setting. It uses the same machine as continuous cyclic peritoneal dialysis (CCPD), which is a special dialysis machine that can be used at your home or in clinics and is done automatically, but is done in longer periods of time. DaVita is providing nocturnal IPD three times/week 10-12 hours per session in special units.

Lipidapheresis is a form of apheresis but that removes the “bad” lipids from the blood.

Patients with hereditary lipid disorders such as extreme hypercholestrolemia or lipoprotein (a) - disease are at high risk for coronary artery disease and other complications of atherosclerosis. This also applies to the younger population. If medication is not sufficient enough to prevent these complications and all other risk factors for atherosclerosis are excluded or treated, apheresis can be performed. The treatment is usually necessary one time per week and lasts 2-3 hours.

This is an eight hour treatment three times a week performed overnight at the clinic while patients sleep. Some of the benefits are that it’s believed to be gentler on the system and it allows you to remain working. Learn More »

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In peritoneal dialysis, the inside lining of your own stomach acts as a natural filter in place of your kidneys. With the assistance of dialysate, the solution used in dialysis, the stomach lining cleans the blood of toxin and removes excess fluid. Learn More »

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Separate treatment area for those with infectious blood disease. More information coming soon.

If you’re nearing the need for dialysis and would like to explore getting a transplant, start the discussion with your nephrologist. Your doctor will discuss the transplant process with you, which generally starts with being referred to a transplant center for further evaluation. Learn More »


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