Types of Dialysis Dallas Nephrology Associates’ specialists support in Dallas-Fort Worth.
Peritoneal dialysis (PD) – This treatment for people with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) uses the patient’s peritoneum in the abdomen as a membrane across which fluids and dissolved substances (electrolytes, urea, glucose, and other small molecules) are exchanged from the blood. Fluid is introduced through a permanent tube in the abdomen and flushed out either every night while the patient sleeps using a machine or “cycler” (automatic peritoneal dialysis) or via regular exchanges throughout the day and at bedtime (continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis).
In-center hemodialysis – This is the most common method to treat kidney failure (end stage renal disease or kidney failure), and uses a dialysis machine. Your blood is accessed using a vascular device (fistula or graft) typically in your arm, or a dialysis catheter. The machine then filters waste products, salts and fluid and thus cleans your blood.
Home hemodialysis (HHD) – Hemodialysis can also be performed in the home for people with ESRD. Home Hemodialysis was the most common method of renal replacement therapy in the U.S. in the early 1970s before the introduction of the federal ESRD program under Medicare. In 2002, the introduction of machines designed solely for home use started a resurgence of home hemodialysis in this country.
Ask your doctor if dialysis treatment is appropriate for you or your loved one.
To find a dialysis facility served by DNA physicians, please use our Dialysis Locator below or contact our central admissions department at 214-366-6001. For more information, call Dallas Nephrology Associates at 877-654-3639 or contact us via our convenient online form.