Dialysis Clinic

Who we are?

Experience the pinnacle of dialysis care at our newly opened facility. With a commitment to excellence, we proudly present 17 state-of-the-art hemodialysis machines, ensuring top notch treatment for our valued patients.

We offer:

  • Haemodialysis services for local and international clients

  • Portable ICU dialysis

  • Our future initiative is to establish state of art dialysis clinics across towns and cities in Zimbabwe and within the region.

What is dialysis

People with failed or damaged kidneys may have difficulty eliminating waste and unwanted water from the blood. Dialysis is an artificial way of carrying out this process. Dialysis substitutes the natural work of the kidneys, so it is also known as renal replacement therapy (RRT).

Healthy kidneys regulate the body’s levels of water and minerals and remove waste. The kidneys also secrete certain products that are important in metabolism, but dialysis cannot do this. A person who has lost 85 to 90 percent of their kidney function will be a likely candidate for dialysis. A healthy person’s kidneys filter around each day. If the kidneys are not working correctly, waste builds up in the blood. Eventually, this can lead to coma and death. The cause might be a chronic, or long-term condition, or an acute problem, such as an injury or a short-term illness that affects the kidneys.

Dialysis prevents the waste products in the blood from reaching hazardous levels. It can also remove toxins or drugs from the blood in an emergency setting. In Haemodialysis, the blood circulates outside the body. It goes through a machine with special filters. The blood comes out of the patient through a flexible tube known as a catheter. The tube is inserted into the vein. Like the kidneys, the filters remove the waste products from the blood. The filtered blood then returns to the patient through another lumen. The system works like an artificial kidney. Those who are going to have haemodialysis need surgery to enlarge a blood vessel, usually in the arm.

Enlarging the vein makes it possible to insert the needles. Haemodialysis is usually done three times a week, for 3 to 4 hours a day, depending on how well the kidneys work, and how much fluid weight they have gained between treatments. Haemodialysis can be done in a special dialysis centre in a hospital or at home.

Temporary dialysis

Sometimes dialysis is given for a limited period of time. People who may benefit from temporary dialysis include those who:

  • Have a sudden, or acute, kidney condition

  • Have consumed toxic substances or taken a drug overdose

  • Have had a traumatic injury to the kidney

  • Have chronic heart disease.

Does dialysis replace the kidneys?

Dialysis helps patients whose kidneys have failed, but it is not as efficient as a normal kidney.

Patients who receive dialysis need to be careful about what and how much they drink and eat, and they need to take medication. Many people who have dialysis can work, lead normal lives, and travel, as long as dialysis treatment is possible at the destination. Women who have dialysis normally have difficulty becoming pregnant. There will be a higher level of waste products in the body than there are with normal kidneys. This interferes with fertility.

Symptoms of kidney failure

Chronic kidney failure happens gradually. Even if just one kidney works, or both works partially, normal kidney function is still possible. It can be a long time before the symptoms of a kidney condition appear. When symptoms do occur, they often vary between individuals, making it harder to diagnose kidney failure quickly. Symptoms of kidney failure may include:

  • Fatigue, or tiredness

  • Increasingly frequent need to urinate, especially at night

  • Itchy skin

  • Erectile dysfunction, when a man has difficulty sustaining an erection

  • Nausea

  • Shortness of breath

  • Water retention, leading to swollen feet, hands, and ankles

  • Blood in urine

  • Protein in urine

A sudden injury can cause kidney failure. When it does, symptoms tend to appear faster and progress more rapidly.