The main function of the kidneys is to filter the blood, removing all of the waste products that we eat and that our body generates every day. When the kidneys are severely diseased, an artificial kidney may be necessary in order to clean the blood.

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Dialysis means cleaning the blood with an artificial kidney. There are several types of dialysis. The most common (hemodialysis) requires a 3-1/2 to 4 hour treatment 3 times weekly. During these sessions, excess fluid and waste products are removed. Access to the blood is through a large vein in the arm (AV Fistula) created with a minor surgical procedure.

Dialysis allows patients with kidney failure to live a relatively normal life for many years. But the actual duration and quality of life on dialysis depends on several factors. These include 1) the quality of each dialysis treatment and AV fistula 2) care of malnutrition anemia and bone disease related to kidney failure 3) managing excess cardiovascular risk and 4) social service, dietary and pharmacy support.

The physicians at Kidney Associates of Kansas City manage these problems better than anyone. But don't take our word for it, look up the data yourself. Medicare compiles information on all dialysis patients. Last years (and every year before that) Medicare data indicates that the patients of Kidney Associates have fewer and shorter hospital stays than other dialysis patients in the area and much lower than the national average. In addition, data compiled by Medicare consistently show the survival rates of our dialysis patients are 30-50% above the national average.

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Why? Simple! We have quality physicians (every physician at Kidney Associates is board certified in internal medicine and nephrology). We believe that patients should be seen by a provider as often as possible. Most other providers see patients only 4 times a month so that they can bill for the dialysis services. We regularly see our dialysis patients 8 to 12 times per month. Finally, we only admit our patients to Dialysis Clinics Incorporated, the largest not-for-profit dialysis chain in the country. Medicare data consistently shows that not-for-profit dialysis centers have a significantly better hospitalization rate and survival rate than the large for-profit dialysis chains.

Our goal is to keep our dialysis patients healthy and out of the hospital and Medicare data shows that we are very good it. Better than anyone else around.

Live longer. Live better. Choose us to manage your dialysis!