Dialysis is primarily used to provide an artificial replacement for lost kidney function in patients with renal failure. Dialysis may be used for those with an acute disturbance in kidney function or for those with progressive but chronically worsening kidney function–a state known as chronic kidney disease stage 5.
The kidneys have important roles in maintaining health. When healthy, the kidneys maintain the body's internal equilibrium of water and minerals (sodium, potassium, chloride, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sulfate). The kidneys also help to excrete daily produced acidic metabolic end products that the body cannot get rid of via respiration. Dialysis treatments help to replace some of these functions and are usually regularly performed three times per week on alternating days for approximately 3.5 - 4 hours.
With dialysis, patients enjoy a better quality of life and most return to activities they enjoyed prior to their diagnosis.
At Southampton Hospital we have a dedicated interdisciplinary team of Board-certified Nephrologists, including two on-staff, who are able to facilitate emergent dialysis at any time. Continued monitoring, treatments and care are available through our Regional Dialysis Center which provides state-of-the-art dialysis treatment for the adult population.
The Southampton Hospital Regional Dialysis Center is conveniently located at 184 West Montauk Highway (Hampton Atrium), Building C, in Hampton Bays.
For more information on dialysis or to speak with the Medical Director, Gaylord Hoffert, MD, please call (631) 723-4200.