Connecticut Nephrology Associates
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Methods of replacing kidney function

Dialysis becomes necessary when the kidneys can longer provide their normal function. Dialysis is typically started when the kidney function is significantly decreased or there are associated complications that can be no longer managed in a conservative fashion. 

Our normal diet consists of ingredients such as carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. As these substances get digested and metabolized in the body,  toxic compounds are formed that need to be eliminated from the body. 

The various forms of dialysis remove these harmful substances (toxins) that accumulate in the body in the presence of abnormal kidney function.


In-Center Hemodialysis is the most common form of dialysis
performed in the United States. The patient is hooked up to a dialysis machine and a filter cleans the blood on a continuous basis     for the session. The length of the session can be from 3 to 5 hours     and is required three times per week.

Home Hemodialysis is only different from regular in-center
hemodialysis in that the patient and a caregiver are trained to             perform the procedure at home.

For both kinds of hemodialysis, a special "access" needs to be placed. Please click here to learn more.

In this kind of dialysis, which is done in the home setting, the inner       lining of the abdomen called the peritoneal membrane is used to         filter the blood. A newer method of providing this kind of dialysis         involves a machine called a "cycler" that cleans the blood at night         while the patient sleeps.

Kidney transplantation is considered to be the ideal way of                 replacing kidney 
function. Living-related kidney transplantation has
even better outcomes.

It is important to avoid blood transfusions to avoid getting                 "sensitized", which may then limit transplant options.

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