Lakeland HealthCare provides high quality dialysis treatment at two state-of-the-art facilities in southwest Michigan. Our outpatient dialysis centers offer treatment for kidney disease including hemodialysis, continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis, nephrology consulting, education, nutrition, and support services.
Lakeland’s dialysis centers are staffed by an experienced multi-disciplinary team who offer patient education and advice on lifestyle changes, diet, stress management and maintaining a high quality of life during treatment. We understand the importance of providing high quality dialysis services in a comfortable and compassionate environment.
|Dialysis Services, St. Joseph
Lakeland Health Park
3772 Hollywood Road
St. Joseph, Michigan 49085
|Dialysis Services, Niles
Longmeadow Medical Suites
8 Longmeadow Village Drive
Niles, Michigan 49120
What Kidneys Do
Our kidneys provide an important function as the waste processing center of our bodies. Healthy kidneys clean the blood by removing excess wastes. The loss of kidney function can lead to the build up of impurities in the blood stream. When this happens, it is necessary to seek treatment to replace the work of the failed kidneys. Dialysis or kidney transplant are the most common methods for treating renal failure.
End Stage Renal Disease (ERSD) – When Kidneys Fail
One kidney functioning at 20 percent can keep a person healthy. Many will begin to feel weak or tired and lose their appetite when the kidney’s function is below that level. When the kidney’s loose their ability to function, toxic wastes start to build up in the blood and fluids start to collecting congestion, swelling and high blood pressure. There are treatments available to help you stay healthy.
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What are My Treatment Options?
There are several treatments available for ERSD. Options include Hemodialysis, kidney transplant and Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis (CAPD).
What is Hemodialysis?
Dialysis is the removal of body wastes and water from the blood. During hemodialysis, the waste and water removal process takes place inside of a machine. The blood is taken from the body and pumped into a dialysis machine. The machine cleans the blood and pumps it back into the body. In most cases, hemodialysis sessions are necessary three times per week with each session lasting three to five hours.
What is Peritoneal Dialysis and CAPD?
This form of dialysis occurs inside of the body. A small tube, called a catheter, is surgically placed through the wall of the abdomen into the peritoneal cavity. A special dialysis solution flows through the catheter and remains in the abdomen to remove waste products and excess fluid from the blood. The fluid is later drained. This type of dialysis can be done by hand or by using a machine.
CAPD does not require a machine. It can be done three to five times per day. During CAPD, a tube is connected to the peritoneal catheter. A special dialysis solution flows through the catheter to filter the wastes and fluid. Once the fluid is in the peritoneal cavity, the tubing is removed and you are free to continue with your daily activities. After a number of hours another CAPD exchange is done with new tubing. The waste from the peritoneal cavity is drained from the peritoneum into the waste bag.
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Health Risks Associated with Kidney Failure and Dialysis Treatment
Diabetes is the single most common cause of kidney failure. Research has found that uncontrolled high blood pressure and uncontrolled high levels of blood sugar can significantly increase the risk that a person with diabetes will progress to kidney failure.
Lakeland offers numerous programs to help people with diabetes better understand and manage their disease. Each class has been designed to meet the specific needs of a person diagnosed with or having a high risk for developing diabetes. Lakeland’s diabetes education programs are recognized by the American Diabetes Association for meeting the national standards for diabetes self-management education. For more information on classes, locations and times, call (269) 927-5350 in St. Joseph or (269) 683-5510 ext 5350 in Niles.
High Blood Pressure on Dialysis
High blood pressure is common in people who suffer from kidney failure and can increase the likelihood of a stroke or heart attack. Dialysis patients need to work especially hard at controlling high blood pressure. High blood pressure can be controlled by limiting fluid intake and following a low salt diet. Your doctor may also prescribe medication that can control your high blood pressure. It is important to take this medication exactly as directed.
Other tips for controlling blood pressure:
- Limit salt intake
- Exercise regularly
- Avoid alcohol and tobacco
- Lose weight, if necessary
Kidney Failure and Heart Disease
Dialysis patients are much more likely to develop heart disease than the general population. You can prevent the onset of heart disease by controlling diabetes and high blood pressure. Follow a healthy lifestyle plan that includes eating well, regular exercise and staying tobacco free.
Some of the most common symptoms of heart disease include:
- Chest pain (angina)
- Shortness of breath
- History of heart attack
- Abnormal heart rhythm
- Low blood pressure during hemodialysis treatments
An electrocardiogram (EKG) is a test that are performed to see how well your heart is working. EKGs are painless and only take about five minutes.
To find out if you’re at risk for developing heart disease, take Lakeland’s Free Heart Risk Appraisal
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Have you or a loved one been recently diagnosed with ERSD? We’ve put together answers to our most frequently asked questions. Click here for a list.
Who is available to answer my questions or concerns?
If you have questions or concerns, you can contact Lakeland Dialysis toll free at 800-968-0115 extension 7775 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. eastern time, Monday through Saturday. We are closed on Sunday. If you have questions or concerns, just provide your contact information and we’ll be happy to return your call.
You can also reach our Renal Social Worker during business hours – between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. eastern time at (269) 428-7473 or our Renal Dietitian at (269) 428-7493.
For after hours concerns, call 800-968-0115 and ask the operator to page the on-call nurse. You can leave your contact information with the operator and the on-call nurse will return your call.
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For more information on dialysis, look at the following reputable links.
The American Diabetes Assocation
The National Kidney Foundation
The Nephron Information Center
The American Association of Kidney Patients
The American Kidney Fund
The American Heart Association
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Staying Up to Date
Our quarterly newsletter features current information on treatments and care from our wide variety of dialysis care professionals.
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