Maintaining a consistent quality of life while in treatment for kidney failure can present many obstacles. But now thanks to a home dialysis treatment kit, those suffering from kidney failure can receive treatments from home.
Ogdensburg resident Gary Adams, 70, is the first patient in the North Country to use the home treatment. He says the home treatment has lengthened his life and improved the quality of daily life.
When Mr. Adams was faced with the decision to receive a kidney transplant he did not want to go ahead with the procedure. Instead he decided to try home dialysis, something that he says has saved his life.
“I used to go to the center for treatment and I would come home and they day was gone, you were just totally wiped out,” said Mr. Adams. “And now I do a treatment, and I get done with it, I feel fine.”
Mr. Adams is using a dialysis machine called NxStage System One. The new medical equipment allows for dialysis treatments to be done at home or while on vacation, eliminating the need for lengthy trips to the doctor, as well as for more frequent treatments. By having more frequent treatments from home, the patient is mocking the functions of the kidneys.
“Home dialysis, one of the major advantages, is that the patient takes a high level of responsibility and involvement in their own care,” said Dr. Michael Seidman, Medical Director at Agarwal Renal Center in Ogdensburg. “and that is always, with any disease or any problem, a very important part in the patients outcome.”
Mr. Adams has been receiving treatment for the last 11 years. He says that it was a constant drain on his life, but now he can enjoy his life almost as much as he had prior to diagnosis.
The system works just as the in clinic treatment does. The patient will hook up an in and out port allowing for the blood to be filtered and for the toxins in the blood to be removed, as it would with basic kidney function.
The Agarwal Renal Center in Ogdensburg is the first center in the North Country that is now offering education and the home treatment kits to patients. They are leading in the procedure and Dr. Seidman said he would like to help others in the North Country that the new equipment can benefit.
For more information on the Agarwal Renal Center in Ogdensburg, or to find out if this treatment can benefit someone with kidney failure, contact the center at 315-713-6800.
To hear from Gary Adams and Dr. Seidman, and to see how the equipment works, watch the complete video story.