FAQs

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Do I need to change doctors to use your dialysis service?

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No, our patients remain under the care of their current physicians, with whom we work closely to design and implement individualized treatment plans.

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Why do I need dialysis so often?

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Our kidneys never go on vacation – they work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They are constantly cleaning our bodies of fluids, salts, toxins and chemicals, whether we are sleeping or awake. Physicians have found that multiple treatments each week are the only way to effectively mimic normal kidney function and help patients maintain a normal, healthy lifestyle.

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How do I know if in-home dialysis is right for me?

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The benefits of in-home dialysis are many. You can dialyze in the comfort of your home, with your family and friends close at hand. You can schedule the treatments around your work or your family’s schedule, so you don’t lose out on the things that matter most. You also save considerable time because you don’t need to travel. Finally, because you will learn how to perform your own dialysis treatment, you empower yourself to effectively treat your own condition.

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Is dialysis treatment expensive?

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Dialysis does cost money. Private health insurance generally covers treatment. The federal government also provides coverage through programs such as Medicare and Medicaid.

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Is dialysis painful?

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The dialysis treatment itself is painless. Patients may experience some discomfort when the needles are inserted. Some patients may have a drop in blood pressure, which can result in nausea, headaches or cramps. Most patients do not experience any other problems.

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Will dialysis cure chronic kidney disease?

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In some cases of sudden kidney failure, dialysis may only be needed for a short time. However, with chronic kidney disease, patients will require dialysis for the rest of their lives, unless they are able to receive a kidney transplant.

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What does dialysis do?

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Dialysis keeps the body in a healthy balance by removing waste, salt and excess fluids. This helps to prevent a buildup of unsafe chemicals in the blood.

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When is dialysis necessary?

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Dialysis is needed to keep the body healthy if the patient’s kidneys can no longer remove the wastes and fluids from the blood. This usually takes place in patients with chronic kidney disease who have only 10 to 15 percent of kidney function left.