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Dialysis is a treatment for patients with temporary or permanent kidney failure.  Dialysis is required for patients whose kidneys are no longer able to adequately remove fluid and wastes from the body.  Other than kidney transplantation, dialysis is the only treatment option available for patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD).  Patients typically come for dialysis three to four hours per day, three times per week.

The care of the dialysis patient involves a team of professionally trained individuals including a nephrologist (a doctor that specializes in diseases of the kidney), specially trained nurses, a social worker, and a dietitian.  The Sanford Canby Medical Center dialysis medical director is a board certified nephrologist who visits our facility on a monthly basis.

The Sanford Canby Medical Center Dialysis Unit is currently open Monday thru Saturday.


3 Basic Functions of the kidney:

  • Filter - removes waste products and fluid from the blood
  • Blood pressure control - acts with renin to control blood pressure
  • Hormone production - produces erythropoietin, which is responsible for red blood cell production in bone marrow
Disease Conditions that lead to kidney failure:
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Glomerulonephritits - inflammation of the kidney
  • Polycystic kidneys - kidneys develop multiple cysts which enlarge, destroying normal kidney tissue, or kidneys are underdeveloped and unable to carry out the normal functions of the kidney
  • Hemolytic Uremia Syndrome (HUS)/Thrombocytopenia Purpuria (TTP) - immune conditions with associated blood abnormalities including low platelet counts and anemia
  • Renal cancer - kidneys have a cancerous mass affecting the work of the kidney
  • Kidney stones - block blood from passing through the nephrons and tubules to be filtered
  • Drugs - can be toxic to kidneys
  • Lupus Nephrititis - systemic inflammation or swelling of connective tissue
Signs & Symptoms of approaching kidney failure:
  • High blood pressure
  • Blood in the urine
  • Pain in lower back at about the waistline
  • Swelling, especially in the arms, legs, and face
  • Frequent urination at night
  • Nausea and vomiting 
Signs & Symptoms of chronic or long-term kidney failure:
  • Loss of appetite
  • Swelling of extremities, face, and eyes
  • Weakness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Tired
  • Pale complexion
  • Shortness of breath
  • Itching
  • Loss or decreased urine output
For more information, please contact us at (507) 223-7277, ext. 162.