Kidney Care

Find your complete kidney care and treatment plan at Grand River Medical Group in Dubuque, Iowa. Our board-certified nephrologists will help you understand your kidney function and treatment options. The most common treatment option for kidney failure is dialysis.

Dialysis Services

If you are required to start dialysis the process will take 3-4 hours a day, and you need to come three days a week. For a select group of patients, hemodialysis can be done at home. Ask your nephrologist if you qualify for home hemodialysis. Other dialysis services include:

  • Acute hemodialysis
  • Center hemodialysis
  • Home hemodialysis
  • Peritoneal dialysis, training and back-up
  • Plasmapheresis
  • Pre-dialysis education

What is Dialysis?

There are two different types of dialysis, hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis. The most common is hemodialysis.

Hemodialysis is a process that removes your blood, sends it through a machine to remove waste, and then returns the clean blood back to you. This is a normal function of the kidneys. You can receive Hemodialysis at any of our three dialysis units located in Dubuque, Iowa, Manchester, Iowa or Platteville, Wisconsin. We also offer home hemodialysis, allowing you to recieve treatment in the comfort of your own home. We partner with many other communities to provide dialysis services at their community hospitals, nursing homes, and other facilities.

Peritoneal dialysis is an at home based treatment which allows you to insert special fluid into your abdominal cavity through a special catheter. The fluid is removed and replaced four times a day. This is a continuous process that you must do daily.

Not sure which option is best for you? Our nephrologist will help you understand what is best for your lifestyle.

During your annual physical exam talk your primary care provider about any concerns you may have. They will assist you in determining if a referral to a nephrologist is right for you.

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