Dr. Sara serves as medical Director for Georgetown Dialysis Clinic a state of art dialysis clinic and Center Of Excellence in 2014. Please visit the Clinic and meet our friendly staff to lean more about the services we offer.
During hemodialysis, blood passes from your body through a filter in the dialysis machine to remove waste and extra fluid from your blood. A vascular access is needed to create the entrance into the blood vessels to allow the blood to be removed and returned. This is performed in a dialysis center three days a week, a few hours a day. Your physician would then visit with you at the dialysis center several times a month to monitor your treatment. BlueGrass Renal Care has affiliation with many dialysis centers in Lexington, Georgetown, Paris, Versailles, Winchester, and other surrounding counties. Team of Nephrologists, Dieticians, Social Workers, Educators, and Nurses is in charge of providing you with the best dialysis care.
With peritoneal dialysis (PD), you have some choices in treating advanced and permanent kidney failure. Since the 1980s, when PD first became a practical and widespread treatment for kidney failure, much has been learned about how to make PD more effective and minimize side effects. Since you don't have to schedule dialysis sessions at a center, PD gives you more control. You can give yourself treatments at home, at work, or on trips. But this independence makes it especially important that you work closely with your health care team: your nephrologist, dialysis nurse, dialysis technician, dietitian, and social worker. But the most important members of your health care team are you and your family. By learning about your treatment, you can work with your health care team to give yourself the best possible results, and you can lead a full, active life. BlueGrass Renal Care can make your transition to Peritoneal dialysis a smooth processs.
BlueGrass Renal Care through its affiliation with home dialysis therapy programs in Lexington and surrounding counties will provide patients with end stage Renal Disease with the latest technology for home hemodialysis. The patient starts learning to do treatments at the clinic, working with a dialysis nurse. Most people who do home HD have helpers who train with them at the clinic. The helper can be a family member, neighbor, or close friend. New machines for home hemodialysis are smaller and easier to use. The clinic will provide a machine for use in the home or help the patient get a machine from a supplier. The patient does not have to buy the machine. Supplies, such as dialysis solution, will be delivered to the home once or twice a month. Training often takes 3 to 8 weeks. The training staff makes sure the patient is confident about performing each task before doing home HD. Someone from the clinic will be available to answer phone calls 24 hours a day. The patient returns to the clinic once a month to see the nephrologist, dialysis nurse, and dietitian. A blood sample will be tested to ensure the HD treatments are working and to detect any problems, such as anemia or high potassium levels, that should be treated.