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When severe loss of kidney function occurs, their function must be replaced. Where transplant is not possible, dialysis is used to replace some of the important lost functions of the kidneys. There are two main types of dialysis: Peritoneal dialysis and haemodialysis. These treatments have different impacts on daily life.
In addition to the different types of dialysis, Diaverum offers additional services such as preventive care, transplants, apheresis treatments, nephrology wards, cardiology and diabetes care and different patient educational programmes.
Haemodialysis (HD) cleans the blood in a treatment that is performed outside of the patient’s body. In this treatment the blood is circulated through a filter (dialyser) connected to a dialysis machine. Haemodialysis (HD) is usually performed in hospital or in dialysis clinics 3 or possibly 4 or more times per week.
In many of Diaverum’s clinics, other options for haemodialysis are available. These include self care or home dialysis and also daily or nocturnal dialysis. Diaverum also offers holiday treatments for our patients through the d.HOLIDAY programme. These options aim to increase flexibility, allow a normal diet without too many restrictions and promote the quality of life for a patient on dialysis.
Peritoneal dialysis takes place inside the patient’s body. A sterile dialysis fluid is infused into the abdomen. It stays there for several hours. It is then drained into a waste bag bringing out waste products and excess water from the patient’s blood. Peritoneal dialysis (PD) is performed at home. The therapy can either be performed over night for 8-10 hours or in 4 to 5 short procedures carried out over the day.
The peritoneal dialysis gives flexibility and can be fitted around work, family and social commitments. Usually patients come to the hospital outpatient clinic every 3-6 months for follow up. Many people on PD are able to enjoy a normal diet without too many restrictions but may need to moderate certain types of food.
A kidney transplant offers the best outcome and the best quality of life. It is important to point out that transplantation is not a cure for chronic kidney disease, it is only a treatment. Patients will continue to need lifelong medication. But for many patients, kidney transplantation will provide more independence and allows them to live a more normal life. Diaverum currently operates a state-of-the-art facility for complex transplants in Argentina, d.INSTITUTE (Instituto de Trasplantes y Alta Complejidad).