Hemodialysis is used to treat people with kidney failure. It cleans the blood and removes wastes and excess fluids from the body, usually the function of healthy kidneys. The blood is routed and filtered through an artificial kidney or dialyzer. The clean blood is then returned to the body. Removing harmful wastes, and excess salt and fluids helps regulate blood pressure and chemicals such as potassium and sodium.
Dialysis at Gundersen Facilities
Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse is the home of the Peritoneal Dialysis program for the health system and provides acute dialysis to hospital inpatients 24/7. Outpatients with acute renal failure, also receive services at the La Crosse location.
Patients with end stage renal disease receive services as near to home as possible in Onalaska, Tomah, Viroqua, Prairie du Chien, Richland Center or Black River Falls.