The kidneys are a pair of bean-shaped organs that lie below the rib cage on each side of the spine. They perform essential bodily functions like excreting waste products from the body, balancing the body’s fluids, releasing hormones that regulate blood pressure, controlling the production of red blood cells, and more. However, certain circumstances cause functional problems that lead to kidney diseases and, worse, progress to kidney failure.
When the kidneys can no longer perform their life-sustaining functions as they should, dialysis is a treatment that takes over the kidney functions. Dialysis along with prescribed medication and proper care can help keep the kidneys work as normally as possible. Through this, individuals with kidney problems have the chance to live longer and productive lives.
There are two main types of dialysis:
- Hemodialysis uses an artificial kidney or hemodialyzer to remove waste products and water from the blood. Then, the blood travels through the hemodialyzer, gets filtered, and receives treatment through the artificial kidney before returning to the body with the help of a dialysis machine.
With that, South Belt Kidney Center brings quality hemodialysis right in the comfort of home.
- Peritoneal dialysis involves surgery to implant a peritoneal dialysis (PD) catheter into the abdomen; this helps filter blood through the peritoneum. A special fluid called dialysate flows into the peritoneum and absorbs waste products and fluid from the body. This treatment is provided by the specialists in our dialysis center in Houston, Texas.