Renal Replacement Therapy
We offer numerous advanced treatment options that replace the function of kidneys by removing toxins from the blood and balancing the composition of body fluids that keep the body healthy.
These treatments also remove harmful antibodies that may cause autoimmune diseases (conditions where an overactive immune system actually attacks the body’s normal cells).
Our treatments include:
- In-center hemodialysis: Dialysis is performed three times a week at UVA or its seven satellite dialysis units.
- Continuous renal replacement therapy: An advanced type of dialysis that resembles the natural process of the kidneys, filtering the blood gradually, all day long, to avoid sudden changes in fluids. This option is used for hospitalized patients only.
- Apheresis: A process that filters out the harmful substances and auto-antibodies in the blood.
Some patients may be good candidates for home dialysis, a convenient form of treatment that allows patients to stay at home and avoid frequent trips to a dialysis center.
We offer three types of home dialysis:
- Continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis: A form of dialysis that takes place inside the body using the lining of the abdomen (the peritoneum). The patient will have surgery to place a catheter inside the abdomen. The painless procedure is usually done several times each day.
- Nocturnal hemodialysis: A form of dialysis performed at night while the patient is sleeping.
- Short daily hemodialysis: A type of dialysis performed at home on a daily basis for two or three hours. We use the most compact system currently available. It’s simple to use and takes up very little space in your home.