Dialysis is a procedure that becomes necessary when a patient's kidneys can no longer take care of the body's needs. It works as a treatment that typically does some of the things done by healthy kidneys.
When is dialysis needed?
Dialysis is performed when a patient develops end stage kidney failure - approximately 85 - 90% loss of kidney function.
How does dialysis work?
When kidneys begin to fail, dialysis works to keep the body in balance by:
- Removing waste, salt and excess water to prevent each from building up in the body
- Keeping a safe level of certain chemicals in the blood, such as potassium, sodium, and bicarbonate
- Works to moderate blood pressure
Dialysis Treatment at SSM Health Illinois
Both SSM Health St Mary's Hospital - Centralia and SSM Health Good Samaritan - Mt. Vernon provide inpatient dialysis services. With four (4) independent rooms at Good Samaritan and two (2) at St. Mary's, this inpatient program ensure that patients at either SSM Health Illinois facility will never have to leave the hospital to receive the dialysis treatment they need.
Our SSM Health Medical Group Dialysis Service Leader
Faisal Rashid, MD
Nephrology & Internal Medicine