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Dialysis

Expert Kidney Disease Treatment

For more information about the facility, contact nephrologist Dr. Daniel Valach at (870) 508-5010.

Baxter Regional Medical Center is proud to partner with DaVita Renal Center of Mountain Home to provide dialysis services to residents of the Twin Lakes area. The dialysis facility is located at 200 E. Eighth St. in Mountain Home.

In-Center Hemodialysis

Upon arriving at our dialysis center, the expertly trained healthcare team will take care of all aspects of treatment.

Your dialysis access area will be washed by a patient care technician (PCT). Once that has been completed, the PCT will check your weight before escorting you to your dialysis chair. Your blood pressure will be taken and a specially trained nurse will check your vitals before setting up your dialysis machine.

A standard dialysis session will last roughly four hours. Your care team will continuously monitor your blood pressure and the dialysis machine’s performance during this time. When the treatment is completed, your PCT will disconnect the dialysis machine and check your vitals once more.

Peritoneal Dialysis

Peritoneal Dialysis (PD) uses the lining of your stomach to gently remove waste from your bloodstream through dialysate. Dialysate gets flushed through a surgically embedded tube, known as a catheter, in your stomach instead of sharp needles. The process takes several hours, but the pliable catheter is small and easily hidden under your clothes as you perform day to day activities.

Your catheter is permanently affixed to the stomach, and is taped down on the body. This prevents it from interfering with normal activities such as work, exercise, recreation, showering or sexual activity.

About Renal Dialysis

Dialysis is needed when a patient develops end stage kidney failure. This usually occurs when the patient loses anywhere from 85 to 90 percent of their normal kidney function and their glomerular filtration rate (GFR) is less than 15. The GFR is calculated by a medical professional and it takes into account a patient’s age, body size, blood creatinine test, and gender. The GFR determines the patient’s stage of kidney disease and informs the doctor about what kind of treatment is necessary.

When a patient’s kidneys fail, dialysis helps their body:

  • Remove waste, extra water, and salt to prevent a buildup from occurring
  • Maintain and regulate a safe level of specific chemicals in their blood
  • Control their blood pressure levels
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