What is dialysis?

Dialysis is a treatment that works as a substitute for your kidneys.


Hemodialysis is when your blood travels through plastic tubing to a special filter (dialyzer) which functions as an artificial kidney. At the start of your hemodialysis journey, a dialysis access will be placed. You and your physician will discuss the best access for you.

During hemodialysis, the blood will travel to the dialyzer by means of needles connected to your blood vessels. This dialyzer cleans your blood of waste products and extra fluid, and your clean blood is returned to you. This can be done in the comfort of your own home or at one our 8 dialysis locations.

California Kidney Specialists Offers Home Dialysis Center services for Hemodialysis & Peritoneal Dialysis in San Dimas, Covina, Monrovia, Upland & Ontario.

Peritoneal dialysis

Peritoneal dialysis is a type of dialysis done at home by using the inside lining of your belly which acts as a natural filter. At the start of your Peritoneal dialysis journey, a surgeon will place a soft plastic tube (catheter) into your belly which will remain in place. During Peritoneal dialysis, which can be done during the day or at night while you sleep, a sterile cleansing fluid is put into your belly through this catheter which filters your waste products. After the filtering process is completed, the waste products and excess fluid leave your body through the catheter. This type of dialysis is done in the comfort of your own home and requires a once monthly visit with your physician.

 Types of Dialysis CKS offers:

  • Home Hemodialysis
  • Home Peritoneal
  • In-center Hemodialysis
  • Dialysis for special populations:
      • Tracheostomy/ventilator dialysis
      • Covid-19 Isolation dialysis
      • Sunday Dialysis
    • 4th shift for working patients
    • Skilled Nursing Facility Dialysis

Vascular Access

In order to begin the process of Dialysis, Vascular Access is required.

Vascular access is necessary to perform dialysis treatments. It is the way by which your blood is travels to and from the dialyzer in order to clean your blood and remove extra fluids.

There are three types of Vascular Access:

  • Arteriovenous Fistula
    A connection that is created between an artery and a vein by a Vascular Surgeon. This is usually in the arm.
  • Arteriovenous Graft
    A connection that is created between an artery and a vein with the use of synthetic tubing by a Vascular Surgeon. This can be done in the arm or leg.
  • Catheter
    Plastic tubing placed into a neck or a leg vein as a temporary access for dialysis. This can be done by a Radiologist or Surgeon.


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California Kidney Specialists is one of the largest kidney care groups In Southern California with over 35 years of dedicated service & has a team of experienced nephrologists, kidney transplant specialists and kidney transplant surgeons in California.

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