Treatment Options

 

While the Dialyspa commitment to patient satisfaction led us to create a relaxing, spa atmosphere with abundant amenities, we’re equally passionate about providing the highest-quality dialysis services in the industry.

We offer hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, and in-home dialysis using state-of-the-art technology, including dialysis machinery and a cutting-edge water filtration system. We also provide a variety of education and training services to meet the needs of every patient:

  • In-home dialysis training

  • Dietary education by on-site dietitians

  • On-site grief and stress-management counseling

  • Insurance paperwork and financial-assistance program guidance

  • Transportation coordination assistance

  • Treatment for patients visiting the Houston area

 
 
 
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at our comfy clinic

Hemodialysis

At Dialyspa, we know that the 12 hours you spend in dialysis each week can be draining, and you might even feel bored or unproductive. We believe that dialysis is about improving the quality of your life, and that includes improving the quality of the time you spend with us. therefore, we’ve designed our dialysis centers with your comfort in mind. Find out more about the Dialyspa difference.

Hemodialysis Pros

  • Medical staff present to monitor sessions and answer questions

  • Opportunity to meet and socialize with other hemodialysis patients

  • Four “off days” from treatment

  • No home-equipment storage required

  • Caregiver assistance not required

Hemodialysis Cons

  • Treatment sessions scheduled with clinic

  • Must travel to clinic for treatment

  • Strictest diet and fluid restrictions

  • May require rest or recovery time after each session

  • May require more medications

Hemodialysis Fistula Care

  • Thoroughly clean your fistula before each dialysis session.

  • Touch your fistula every day to feel the rhythm of your blood flow. Contact your doctor if you notice any changes in the flow, as this could signal a clot.

  • Check your access point every day for signs of infection. These can include swelling, tenderness, or redness. If you experience any of these symptoms, contact your doctor.

  • Avoid wearing tight-fitting clothing or accessories on your fistula arm.

  • Use your fistula exclusively as an access point for dialysis. If other health care providers need to draw blood or administer an injection, instruct them to use your other arm.

 

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PRIVATE & ON YOUR SCHEDULE

Peritoneal Dialysis

The peritoneum is a membrane that lines the abdominal cavity. Peritoneal dialysis uses this membrane as the cleansing filter for your bloodstream. The access point for peritoneal dialysis is a catheter, which is a soft plastic tube inserted into your abdominal cavity. Part of the catheter remains outside your body, typically near your navel, and it is sealed when not in use. At the beginning of each peritoneal dialysis session, you will connect a pouch containing dialysate to your catheter. The dialysate flows into your abdominal cavity and stays there for a length of time (prescribed by your doctor); at the end of the session, called an “exchange,” the dialysate is drained from your abdomen.

Peritoneal dialysis is a type of home dialysis, meaning you will perform it yourself in the comfort of your own home. During peritoneal dialysis, the dialysate sits in your abdominal cavity and absorbs excess fluid, salts and waste from the tiny blood vessels within the peritoneum. When you empty the dialysate at the end of the exchange, you are also removing the waste products.

One of the benefits of peritoneal dialysis is that there are many options for exchange cycles. Depending on your doctor’s recommendations, you may have the option to dialyze while you sleep using a machine called a cycler, or you may be able to perform several manual exchanges during the day. You and your doctor will decide the best exchange schedule for your health and lifestyle needs. Dialyspa nurses will provide complete training for peritoneal dialysis.

Peritoneal Dialysis Pros

  • Dialyze in the privacy and comfort of your own home

  • Dialyze at the time most convenient for your daily schedule

  • Manual exchanges can be performed in any location, even at work

  • Caregiver or partner assistance not required

  • No needle sticks

  • Can be performed while you sleep using a cycler

Peritoneal Dialysis Cons

  • Catheter will protrude from your waistline

  • Catheters may be prone to infection

  • May experience weight gain

  • Requires daily treatments

  • Requires home storage of cycler machine (if applicable)

  • Requires careful training

  • Cyclers can restrict nighttime movement

Catheter Care

  • Thoroughly wash your hands before and after each exchange.

  • Keep your catheter site clean at all times to prevent infection.

  • Monitor your catheter site for signs of infection. These can include swelling, tenderness, redness, or discharge from the catheter site. If you experience any of these symptoms, contact your doctor.

  • Avoid wearing tight-fitting clothing around your catheter site.

  • Do not pinch or pull your catheter.

  • Do not use sharp objects near your catheter.


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ASSISTED CARE AT HOME

Home Hemodialysis

Depending on your needs and ability, you may have the option to receive hemodialysis treatments in the comfort of your own home using home hemodialysis machines. The process is the same, but you will need to have a partner or caregiver present to help you monitor your session, and either you or your partner will need to perform the needle sticks.

With home dialysis, you will have more flexibility over what time of day you receive your dialysis treatments, but you will still need to perform treatments according to the weekly schedule your doctor provides. If you choose our home dialysis modality, you’ll receive full training and guidance from Dialyspa nurses.

Home Hemodialysis Pros

  • Dialyze in the privacy and comfort of your own home

  • Dialyze at the time most convenient for your daily schedule

  • Four “off days” from treatment

  • Portable dialysis machine allows for more convenient travel

  • May have more relaxed diet and fluid restrictions

  • May require fewer medications

Home Hemodialysis Cons

  • Must have a partner or caregiver present during sessions

  • Requires home storage of dialysis equipment

  • Requires careful training

  • Must perform your own needle sticks


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FOR LIFE ON THE GO

Traveling to Houston on Dialysis

Life on dialysis is demanding. Traveling on dialysis should not be an additional challenge. Whether you are traveling to Houston for business or pleasure, Dialyspa will provide a seamless transition from dialysis at your home clinic to your temporary home with us; so that you can focus on the reason for your visit.

  • Our team will obtain the necessary paperwork

  • Rapid insurance verification

  • Central location

  • Convenient to lodging

  • Flexible scheduling options