Dialysis is a treatment for kidney failure that removes waste and extra fluid from the blood. For many patients, home dialysis is a very good treatment solution. Home dialysis patients live longer, experience better overall health, and enjoy a higher quality of life.
Satellite has a proven track record of helping patients perform home dialysis safely and effectively with great confidence. In fact, more than 20% of all Satellite patients are on home therapy – nearly triple the national average.
Satellite WellBound supports the range of Home Dialysis treatment methods, including:
- Peritoneal Dialysis (PD). PD is the most widely used home dialysis treatment. Fluid is introduced into the abdomen through a permanent tube called a catheter. Using the lining of your abdomen, called the peritoneum, wastes and fluid are filtered out of your blood using a cleansing fluid called Dialysate. At the same time, the lining of your belly holds back the important things your body needs, like red blood cells and nutrients. After about two hours the Dialysate is drained into an empty bag, called a bag exchange, making it a bloodless process. This procedure must be done several times a day. There are two types of PD treatment. Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis (CAPD) is a manual process without the use of a machine. Automated Peritoneal Dialysis (APD), commonly called "cycler PD," is a similar process, but occurs automatically using a machine at night.
- Home Hemodialysis (HHD). Home hemodialysis replaces your kidney function by filtering your blood and removing wastes and excess fluid. Two needles are inserted into the body: one brings blood out of your body and into the filter, called a dialyzer or artificial kidney, and the second returns the cleaned blood to your body. HHD can be performed for longer sessions every other day, shorter daily treatments five or six days a week, or during six-to-eight-hour treatments three or more times a week while you sleep.
Satellite WellBound centers are staffed with specialty-certified nurses who personally train patients to perform their home dialysis treatments. They also help you tailor your dialysis treatments to your individual needs. In addition, patients can speak to a real person any time, 24 hours a day, if they have questions or concerns.
For more information, contact WellBound@SatelliteHealth.com.