The job of the kidneys is to get rid of waste and excess water in the blood and help restore the chemical balance of the body. If a kidney is damaged, a person would need dialysis to "do the job" of a kidney. Dialysis can also quickly extract toxins or drugs from the system.
There are many reasons for kidney failure, including:
- Complications from diabetes
- Side effects of drugs
- Renal cancer
- An accident
Patients are generally referred to a nephrologist prior to requiring kidney dialysis. When kidney function falls below 10 to 15 percent, dialysis is usually required. Patients will start one of two types of dialysis: Hemodialysis or Peritoneal Dialysis.
- Registered nurses
- Licensed practical nurses
- Social worker
- Registered dietitians
- Bio-medical technicians
- Medical Director, Tina Melanson, MD, FNKF, FACP
- Kari Fleming, certified physicians assistant
- Kris Goens, certified nurse practitioner
- Dialysis Director, Tim Jackan
The dialysis staff is very experienced and takes great pride in assisting the patients with their problems and any concerns whether they are physical, psycho-social, financial or otherwise. Dr. Tina Melanson and Kari Fleming visit the dialysis units frequently and see patients at outreach clinics in the region.
Prairie Lakes Healthcare System owns and operates three dialysis units, located in:
- Watertown, SD
- Sisseton, SD
- Ortonville, MN
All of our facilities are open to all patients and accept visitors for treatments when possible. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 605-882-5455. For general information, please contact the Prairie Lakes Kidney Dialysis Department at 605-882-7905.