WHAT IS DIALYSIS?
Dialysis is primarily used as renal replacement therapy to provide an artificial replacement for lost kidney function due to renal failure. Dialysis may be used for very sick patients who have suddenly but temporarily, lost their kidney function (acute renal failure) or for quite stable patients who have permanently lost their kidney function (stage 5 chronic kidney disease). For patients with stage 5 or End-Stage Kidney Disease (ESKD), the decline in kidney function occurs over a period of months to years until a level is reached at which treatment is needed for survival. The best available treatment for ESKD is a kidney transplant; however, some patients are not good candidates for a transplant due to medical or other reasons, some cannot receive a transplant because of the short supply of donor kidneys, and others simply decide that a transplant is not the best option for them. As a result, most patients with ESKD must rely on dialysis to replace the water and waste removal functions of the healthy kidneys; though dialysis is an imperfect treatment to replace kidney function because it does not correct the endocrine functions of the kidney.
APOLLO DIALYSIS UNIT
Apollo Dialysis Unit is located in level-2 (OPD) of the hospital, providing both hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis (the two primary types of dialysis). With 10 single hemodialysis machines, the unit is providing dialysis services for its patients on an out-patient and in-patient basis. Apollo Dialysis Unit has portable machines for dialysis of patients at their bed side, as well as dedicated machines for patients who have infectious diseases like Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and others. Our dialyser machines are disinfected with sodium chloride and auto rinse cleaning system after completion of each dialysis cycle. Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy (CRRT) is practiced at bed side for patients who have very low diastolic blood pressure (even less than 60 mm Hg). Before the procedure at Apollo Dialysis Centre, patients are screened for infectious disease like Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C or HIV. If diagnosed positive, dialysis machines specific for infection positive patients are used.
Apollo Dialysis Unit is open from 7 am to 11 pm every day of the week. With high level of experience and skill, the medical and nursing staff keeps the dialysis patients under close observation and monitoring. The unit and its patients are directly supervised and followed-up by our highly experienced Nephrology Consultants.
HOW DOES DIALYSIS WORK?
Hemodialysis removes wastes and water by circulating blood outside the body through an external filter, called a “dialyzer” that contains a semi-permeable membrane. The blood flows in one direction and the dialysate (special dialysis fluid) flows in the opposite; the counter-current flow of the blood and dialysate helps to remove more urea and creatinine from the blood. The undesirably high blood concentrations of potassium, phosphorus, and urea) are constantly replaced by dialysis solution having levels of minerals like potassium and calcium that similar to the natural concentration of healthy blood.
In peritoneal dialysis, wastes and water are removed from the blood inside the body using the peritoneal membrane as a natural semipermeable membrane into a special dialysis solution, called dialysate, in the abdominal cavity which has a composition similar to the fluid portion of blood.
Peritoneal dialysis works slower than hemodialysis, but because it is carried out for a longer period of time the net effect in terms of removal of waste products and of salt and water are similar to hemodialysis. Peritoneal dialysis can be carried out at home by the patient. Although support is helpful, it is not essential. It does free patients from the routine of having to go to a dialysis clinic on a fixed schedule multiple times per week, and it can be done while traveling with a minimum of specialized equipment.
consultation & appointmentS
Apollo Nephrology Department provides consultation services for patients seeking dialysis or patients who are already undergoing dialysis. Our highly qualified and experienced Nephrology Consultant sees patients at level-2 (OPD). After diagnosing your condition, we discuss available treatment options and recommend the most effective treatment.
Consultants in the Department of Nephrology:
Dr. Krishna Mohan Sahu
MBBS, MD (Medicine), DNB (Nephrology), DM (Nephrology), Fellowship - Nephrology (Canada)
Coordinator & Consultant – Nephrology & Dialysis
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Make Appointment for Dialysis: Although it is best to consult our nephrologist first, you can also make direct appointments to avail dialysis services. To make an appointment for dialysis, please call us at the following number: 02-8401661 Ext. 1087.
IMPORTANT POINTS ABOUT TESTS/PROCEDURES/SURGERIES, YOUR REPORTS & BILLING ENQUIRIES
- To schedule a test/investigation, please call the relevant OPD front desks.
- Your lab investigation samples are to be deposited in the Sample Collection Room located in the hospital’s atrium, which is open on working days (Saturday-Thursday) from 7.00 am to 10:00 pm, and on Fridays and holidays from 7.00 am to 3.00 pm.
- Your investigation reports can be collected from Report Delivery Room by showing the receipt of payment. The hospital shall not be responsible for reports not collected within 30 days after the tests were done. Report Delivery Room is also located in the hospital’s atrium, and is open on working days (Saturday-Thursday) from 8.00 am to 8.30 pm, and on Fridays and holidays from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.
- You will not be able to collect your investigation reports without your receipt of payment. If you have lost your receipt, you may collect a duplicate copy from our Billing Executives (Corporate Desk, Atrium - level 1).
- You can request duplicate copy of your investigation reports from the Report Delivery Room, inclusive of BDT 100 additional charge.
- Procedures & Surgeries:
- If you are interested in undergoing a procedure or surgery, please see our relevant Consultant first.
- To search for a Consultant, go to Find Consultant page and for appointments, go to Make Appointment page.
- In-patient Reports
- A Discharge Summaryis provided to a patient upon his/her discharge from the hospital. A discharge summary is a summary of the events during hospitalization of the patient. It outlines the patient's chief complaint, the diagnostic findings, the therapy administered and the patient's response to it, and recommendations on discharge.
- To request for detailed in-patient medical reports or to make an insurance claim, refer to our Medical Report page.
For queries on charges, contact our Billing Department (Corporate Desk, Atrium - level 1) or call/e-mail our Billing Executives: