Dialysis Access

Centura Transplant

Centura Transplant
2535 S Downing St
Ste 380
Denver, Colorado 80210-5850

Dialysis Access

Centura Transplant

Our surgeons will work with you and your nephrologist to select the best dialysis method for you.

Dialysis access services at Centura Transplant is an essential component of Centura Health’s medical and surgical strategy to manage all patients with chronic kidney disease. Dialysis is a treatment that provides some of the functions of the kidney that are no longer possible when the kidneys begin to fail.

There are two main forms of dialysis, hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis: 

  • Hemodialysis is the treatment that removes blood from the body so it can be filtered through a machine (dialyzer) and then returned to the body. The blood is removed from and returned to the body through a vascular access. Vascular access can be a catheter, an arteriovenous fistula or arteriovenous graft.
  • Peritoneal dialysis removes wastes and extra fluids by using your own body as the filter (the peritoneum). Access for this type of dialysis is with a special catheter, placed in the abdomen. Waste passes through the peritoneum, into the dialysis solution, which is then drained out of the abdomen.
  • Why Choose Us?

    Dialysis access requires surgery and our surgeons at Centura Transplant have more than 30 years of surgical experience with these procedures. Our same surgeons also perform kidney transplants, which allows for seamless care for patients along the chronic kidney disease spectrum.

  • FAQ

    How do I get seen at Centura Transplant Center for dialysis access?
    Most patients are referred by either their primary care provider or kidney specialist (nephrologist). 

    What type of dialysis access is the best option for me?
    We will work with your referring provider in order to determine the best choice for dialysis access for you. In general, our goal is to minimize the use of catheters and artificial grafts in hemodialysis. The best choices for most patients is either an arteriovenous fistula or peritoneal dialysis catheters.

    What are the outcomes with dialysis access procedures?
    The risk and benefits of each type of dialysis access procedure will be described in detail during your visit with us.