Renal replacement therapies
Hemodialysis is a medical treatment in which the blood is removed from the body and run through a filter to remove waste products before being returned to the body. This treatment is commonly used to treat people who are experiencing kidney failure; normally the kidneys perform this function.
Peritoneal dialysis uses a membrane inside your body (peritoneal membrane) as a filter to clear wastes and extra fluid from your body and to return electrolyte levels to normal. Peritoneal dialysis requires insertion of a special catheter.
The concept behind continuous renal replacement techniques is to dialyze patients in a more physiologic way, slowly, over 24 hours, just like the kidney. Intensive care patients are particularly suited to these techniques as they are, by definition, bedbound, and, when acutely sick, intolerant of the fluid swings associated with intermittent hemodialysis.
Kidney transplant referral program
Together we can explore and evaluate transplantation options. Although Mercy Health System does not offer transplants, we can help you obtain information from other organizations that do.
If you or your community group are interested in learning more about kidney health, please call (608) 741-3814.