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  • Dialysis


With some of leading nephrologists in the region, Saint Mary’s renal care team has been providing dialysis services to Greater Waterbury for over 35 years. Whether you are experiencing renal failure which requires emergency hemodialysis, or you are living with existing renal disease, our goal is always the same - to help you feel better fast so that you can return to the active life you desire.

Inpatient Dialysis Services

In-hospital care for kidney disease includes hemodialysis, a process that helps to filter the blood when the kidneys are not working effectively, and/or Peritoneal Dialysis, in which the body’s own peritoneal cavity (the area around the intestines) acts as a substitute for the kidneys. Acute hemodialysis will require the use of a dialyzer, a machine thatacts as an artificial kidney to filter your blood. These services are also available to patients who are admitted to the Emergency Department.

Continuing Dialysis Care

There are several options for ongoing kidney dialysis once you leave the hospital. Your Saint Mary’s care team will explain these options fully and provide you with a list of providers to help you make the choice that works best for you. This decision will depend on your age, your specific medical needs, and ultimately which option you prefer. Your questions are always welcome.

In addition, Saint Mary’s has a partnership with DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc, whose vast network of dialysis facilities span across the country. We can arrange for your dialysis care at one of their convenient outpatient dialysis centers, or through services provided in your home. The two types of dialysis performed at home or managed through an outpatient dialysis center, include: 

  • Hemodialysis - In order for you to perform hemodialysis at home, you will need to have an access site surgically created (a fistula or a shunt) which will allow blood to be safely removed from your body so it can be filtered through a dialyzer. Patients who receive hemodialysis in an outpatient center would most likely require three treatments per week when the blood would be cleaned by an artificial kidney machine. Your care team will guide you toward the safest, most effective surgical option for you. You can also learn more about hemodialysis in our online health library.
  • Peritoneal Dialysis (PD) - In peritoneal dialysis, the body’s own peritoneal cavity (the area around the intestines) acts as a substitute for the kidneys. In order for PD to be maintained at home a flexible plastic tube called a catheter will need to be implanted into your abdomen through a minor surgery. Find more information on peritoneal dialysis in the online health library.

For more assistance, please visit "What Type of Dialysis Should I Have?" in our free online health library.

Your Care Team

Your Saint Mary’s renal care team is dedicated to taking the worry and fear out of kidney disease, working together to provide comprehensive, compassionate care. Members of your highly skilled team include:

  • Your Patient Care Coordinator - As a special service for our dialysis patients, a Saint Mary’s Patient Care Coordinator is available to educate you and your family members on treatment options, as well as to coordinate the most effective, convenient care for you once you leave the hospital.
  • Nephrologists – Our nephrologists are experts in the field with many serving as clinical faculty members for Yale University. Their credentials are numerous and include distinctions including Fellow of American Society of Nephrology(FASN) andAmerican Society of Hypertension (ASH).
  • Vascular Surgical Team – Our surgeons are experienced in  procedures for dialysis patients and specialize in minimally invasive techniques
  • Registered Dietitian – A knowledgeable Registered Dietitian (RD) will educate you on optimal nutrition based on your personal needs so that you can maintain good health at home and on the go.
  • Interventional Radiologists – Our interventional radiologists provide non-invasive placement of temporary dialysis catheters and help to maintain the blood flow through the dialysis vascular access.


While you are a patient at Saint Mary’s you will benefit from on-going education provided by our caring staff. Our partners at DaVita also offer comprehensive education on living well with kidney disease through classes, videos and online education on dialysis, diet, and more. To learn more, please visit their patient websites at and The National Kidney Foundation also has excellent patient resources available online at

Kidney Transplant

All patients are evaluated to determine if kidney transplant is a viable option for long-term care. If you are a potential candidate for receiving a kidney transplant, a member of Saint Mary’s care team will guide you through that process.

You can find additional guidance through the Kidney Disease Helpline.

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