The Mater Hospital Renal Unit provides hemodialysis for both in and outpatients with chronic or acute kidney disease requiring renal replacement therapy. The renal unit is equipped with ultra-modern HD machines from Fresinius medical care. The unit is staffed with experienced nurses supported by nephrologists, dietician, counselors and bio-medic staff.
Dialysis is the removal of waste and extra fluid from your body that the kidneys are not able to remove. It also aims to keep your body in balance by correcting the levels of various toxic substances in your blood.
There are two main types of dialysis:
- Peritoneal dialysis
Whichever treatment, the aims of dialysis are similar.
Dialysis is designed to replace several functions of the kidney. The therapy must remove waste products, excess fluids and balance the amount of chemicals (electrolytes) and other substances in your body. Effective dialysis requires a semi permeable membrane, blood supply, dialysis fluid and a method of removing excess fluids.
This is a better option in case chronic of kidney failure. Even so, candidates for kidney transplant will have to undergo dialysis until they receive a new kidney. The donor and recipient should have the same blood type, cell surface protein and antibodies in order to minimize the risk of refection of the new kidney. Siblings are very close relatives are usually the best types of donors.
The blood is filtered in the patients own abdomen in the peritoneal cavity which contains a vast network of tiny blood vessels. A tube (catheter) is implanted into the abdomen in which dialysis solution is infused and drained out for as necessary to remove waste and excess fluid.
Before commencing dialysis, blood tests for HIV, HCU, HBSAG (—–serology) is done.
This is repeated every 3 months as per KDIGO guidelines
Monthly blood kidney function tests are done to assess the progress of patient and kidney functioning.
Dialysis patients are also required to have hepatitis vaccines as per schedule.
The unit is open from Monday to Saturday 7am to 7pm.
Closed on Sundays but emergency dialysis may be done in our ICU.
The dialysis package also includes a meal and a snack.