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 Physician Assistant
- Stefanie Roby, Certified Physician Assistant
- 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, Kari Fleming PA-C and Stefanie Roby PA-C 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.