Dialysis

Equipped with state of the art equipment to ensure that you get uncompromised dialysis and the best quality of life.

Many patients ask us “How is dialysis different at Dharma Kidney Care?”

Do you know that during every dialysis at least 100 liters of water are used to purify the blood? Do you also know that if the quality of water used is not very good, your loved one’s blood will be exposed to bacterial products that can cause infections and even heart disease?

That is why at Dharma Kidney Care we use “Ultrapure water” for dialysis and it is one of the purest forms of water on the planet. All global organisations (from America, Europe, Japan,etc) recommend using “Ultrapure water” for dialysis because it is good for the patients. But because of economic considerations are more important than quality considerations in India, very few dialysis centers in Bangalore/India have the capacity to generate this quality of water.

Our founder Dr.Prashant C Dheerendra  believes that everyone deserves the best quality of dialysis and that cost should always come next to quality. Hence we have invested heavily in state of the art Fresenius Aqua B Plus RO water plant which costs 10-15 times of what a local made RO plant costs. It has been fully imported from Germany and is maintained following stringent protocols.

Every dialysis at Dharma Kidney Care  is performed using “Ultrapure water” and our patient outcomes speak for themselves.

We also recognise that every patient is different. Hence we offer a variety of dialysis treatments based on individual need and affordability. Other centers are not able to offer more advanced therapies (like high flux dialysis and online hemodiafiltration) because they can only be performed with ultrapure water.

  • Low flux dialysis with multiple use of dialyser
  • Low flux dialysis with single use of dialyser
  • High flux dialysis with multiple use of dialyser
  • High flux dialysis with single use of dialyser
  • Online hemodiafiltration

High flux dialysis and online hemodiafiltration are more advanced types of dialysis which are more widely practised in advanced countries like UK, Switzerland, Japan, etc. A wider range of waste molecules are removed from the blood by these treatments and patients are generally healthier when compared to “low flux dialysis.”

The other features that differentiate our center are :

  • All new Fresenius 4008 S NG machines made in Germany
  • Automatic BP measurement at intervals
  • Original equipment manufacturers do all maintenance
  • Qualified Technicians
  • Daily Nephrologist visit
  • “Bibag” cartridge for reduced infection rates
  • Reasonable rates considering the quality of treatment that is provided
  • A patient friendly, silent environment
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When will I need dialysis?

Dialysis is required when you develop a kidney failure that is in its last stage. The last stage is usually when 85 to 90 percent of your kidneys fail to function. Our Kidneys perform the function of removing waste products from the blood. If this stops, the waste content in the blood will increase leading to life threatening complications. Dialysis treatment helps to remove the toxin from the blood and allows life to continue in-spite of failed kidneys.

When should I start preparing for dialysis?

Dialysis treatment requires a certain amount preparation whether it is your first sitting or the 30th. Find below important steps that will help you prepare and maintain a quality life on dialysis.

How should I prepare for dialysis?

Educate yourself:It is crucial that you read up about your condition. Reading up on the internet is good but it must always be combined with consulting with a trained professional. Each person is unique and needs personalized care. Self treatment generally causes a lot of harm and especially so in dialysis patients.

Tell a Friend/Relative/Family : Confide in your friends, relatives or family. Tell them what you are feeling. Their love and support can help you get through these tough times.

Treatment Options: Discuss your treatment options with your doctor so that you can work the best choice for you whether it is home dialysis or in-hospital dialysis.

Talk to other Patients: Introduce yourself to other patients who are also going through dialysis treatment. They can help you out with the preparation required before undergoing dialysis treatment.

The proximity of Dialysis Centers : Map out all the nearest hospitals and clinics from your place of residence and work that offer dialysis services.

Pre-Dialysis :To begin your dialysis you need to undergo a certain procedure to place an access. You will need to go through PD catheter placement for peritoneal dialysis, and AV fistula or graft placement for hemodialysis. Once you have decided the treatment, your doctor will discuss with you the preparation required for the access placement surgery.

Insurance: It is essential that your insurance helps you finance your dialysis treatment. It is also important to know what your insurance policy covers so that you find out if you if you require additional funding.

Insurance :It is essential that your insurance helps you finance your dialysis treatment. It is also important to know what your insurance policy covers so that you find out if you if you require additional funding.

Continue Life: Dialysis can get tough, and it is essential that you continue with your life and job so that you maintain a stable mind, body and soul. Discuss with your employer for flexible office timings so that you can attend your dialysis sessions.

Diet Control : It is highly important that you take control of your diet. You must stick to the diet suggested by a renal dietician. Revamp your grocery list for Kidney-friendly ingredients.

Prioritize Kidney Health : Kidney failure is no small issue, but there are ways to maintain a good lifestyle. Prioritize kidney health care by joining groups facing similar issues, cook kidney-friendly recipes and customize your lifestyle to accommodate dialysis and failure.

Which one suits me?

There are quite a few considerations before choosing which type of dialysis suits you better. A detailed discussion with your nephrologist will help in coming to an informed choice.

What other things should I take care of while on dialysis?

Dialysis is an important part of managing kidney failure but there are other things to take care of. You will need to maintain an adequate hemoglobin level to ensure enough oxygen reaches your organs. The blood levels of calcium, phosphorus, Vitamin D and parathyroid hormone should be maintained within permissible limits. This is important for the health of your bones. A diet that is high in proteins but restricts sodium, potassium and fluids is also very important. Diabetes and high blood pressure must be well controlled.

What is the duration of each treatment?

Each session of hemodialysis lasts about 3-4 hours.

How many times is it done?

Hemodialysis is done three times a week usually.

What are the common problems during dialysis?

The most common problem is a lowering of blood pressure during dialysis. This is more likely to occur if a large amount of fluid needs to be removed during dialysis because of fluid retention in the body. There can be cramps during treatment which are again more likely if a large amount of fluid is being removed.

What are the advantages of opting for peritoneal dialysis?

The biggest advantage of peritoneal dialysis is that regular visits to the dialysis unit are not required, and it can be carried out at home. The equipment used for peritoneal dialysis is not bulky like hemodialysis machines and is easily portable.In fact it can be done without any external equipment at all. There are fewer restrictions on food and fluid intake when you opt for peritoneal dialysis. The pain of needle insertion during hemodialysis is avoided and there are less disruptions in day-to-day routine.

What are the common problems with peritoneal dialysis?

Peritoneal dialysis needs to be performed as per instructions with no short cuts. Otherwise infections can result which will need antibiotic treatment. Rarely if the infection does not respond to antibiotics removal of the catheter and shifting the patient to hemodialysis might be needed. The solutions used for peritoneal dialysis contain glucose and you might need to increase your insulin dosage to deal with increased blood sugar levels.

How do I prepare for peritoneal dialysis?

Before you begin your peritoneal dialysis sessions, you will receive training on how to perform the procedure by your doctor and his team. You will also have to go through an operation to place the catheter in your abdomen.