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Hemodialysis

What is Hemodialysis

Hemodialysis is one of the treatment options for advanced kidney failure. The goal is to help you carry on an active life despite failing kidneys. When the kidneys are not healthy enough to do their work hemodialysis is one way to filter wastes, salts and fluids from your blood by using a machine.

Are you worried that your kidneys are failing or want to know if you need to start doing hemodialysis? A nephrologist is the specialist that can help determine your kidney’s health based on physical examination, laboratory and imaging tests.

Jose Cruz Hemodialysis Center

In 2011, through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between WORTH (World Organization of Renal Therapies), the Government of Belize, Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital and La Loma Luz Adventist Hospital the first national hemodialysis program was  established in Belize.

Our dialysis unit is named after Jose Miguel Cruz a healthcare advocate for the improvement in the care and treatment provided to kidney patients in Belize.

Today our unit is still a provider for the National Dialysis Program, and now we are offering this service to the general public at affordable prices. We welcome referred patients as well as patients visiting from overseas who need hemodialysis treatment.

Kidney failure

Kidneys are very important as they perform many functions. They remove extra fluids and waste products from the blood, but they also help to regulate blood pressure, balance chemicals, maintain bone health, and keep you from developing anemia.

Knowing what causes kidney failure is important so you can take measures to prevent it.

Some common causes of kidney failure include:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure 
  • Polycystic kidney disease
  • Inherited kidney diseases
  • Long-term use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories or other medications that could harm the kidneys

If you have any of these medical conditions or any of the symptoms of kidney disease you should see your doctor as soon as possible.