Dialysis

For patients with kidney disease, dialysis (cleansing of the blood with an artificial kidney machine) may be needed to perform the tasks that the kidney once performed. There are two types of dialysis: hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. Hemodialysis uses a special filter called a dialyzer that functions as an artificial kidney to clean a person's blood. With peritoneal dialysis, a fluid is put into the abdomen. This fluid captures the waste products from a person's blood. After a few hours when the fluid is nearly saturated with wastes, the fluid is drained through a catheter.

Once dialysis has been started, some people find it to be an acceptable treatment and they have few, if any, problems with the therapy. Other people may find that dialysis is not suitable or acceptable for a variety of personal reasons, or there may be clinical health reasons to proceed to another form of treatment — a kidney transplant.

Dialysis Access Center

The Dialysis Access Center team.

Crozer-Chester Medical Center offers comprehensive dialysis access services just minutes from dialysis centers in Delaware County and Chester County.

The Dialysis Access Center at Brinton Lake is dedicated to providing state-of-the-art dialysis access services in a convenient setting. The Center features an experienced team that will work closely with patients to develop a plan of care surrounding their dialysis access while managing their access needs.

The Dialysis Access Center team offers a range of services for patients, including:

  • Catheter placement/exchange: Placing a catheter or replacing one that a patient is having a problem with.
  • Catheter removal: Removing a catheter when a patient has a usable permanent access.
  • Thrombolysis/thrombectomy: Commonly called a “declot,” involves removing blood clots from a patient’s access to allow for a renewed blood flow and adequate dialysis treatment.
  • Central venous access placement for temporary use: Placing a catheter within a vein in the patient’s neck or groin to enable dialysis while awaiting a new surgical access or maturation of a fistula.
  • Duplex ultrasound: Performed to evaluate the condition and blood flow of a fistula or graft. 
  • Graft or fistula study: To determine the cause of any underlying problems, often times address with balloon dilatation and/or stenting.
  • Venous or special mapping: Placing a small IV in a patient’s hand to inject IV contrast (dye) to determine where best to place a fistula or graft.
  • Venous angioplasty: Introducing a balloon into the vessel and inflating it, thereby opening up a narrowed portion of the vein. 

Why Choose Us?

Simply, our team understands dialysis patients and their needs. We are dedicated to improving your access care and quality of life. Our integrated approach enhances your access pathway, prevents unnecessary hospitalizations and avoids missed dialysis appointments. Here are some of the other benefits of our access center:

  • We offer a comprehensive staff of experienced, friendly specialists who will guide patients from start to finish.  Our team is led by board-certified, fellowship-trained physicians, including interventional radiologists, vascular surgeons and nephrologists.
  • Our hospital connection with Crozer-Chester Medical Center and the Crozer-Keystone Health System demonstrates our strong, lasting commitment to providing quality renal care to patients from Delaware and Chester counties. 
  • We are located minutes from dialysis centers in Delaware County and Chester County.
  • All major insurances are accepted.

Our center aims to be at the forefront of providing care to patients on dialysis in our community. Our staff of experienced, friendly specialists provide a comprehensive, interdisciplinary approach that will guide patients from start to finish. The team is led by board-certified, fellowship-trained physicians, including, interventional radiologists, vascular surgeons and nephrologists.

Patients also benefit from a connection to a hospital and health system that have demonstrated a strong, lasting commitment to providing top quality renal care to patients throughout Delaware and Chester counties.

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