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Driscoll to open dialysis clinic in McAllen next month

Driscoll's nephrology and transplant team (from left) Stephen Almond, MD, surgical director, Renal Transplant Program; Elizabeth Anyaegbu, MD, pediatric nephrologist; Samhar Al-Akash, MD, medical director, Driscoll Children's Kidney Center and Driscoll's Renal Transplant Program; Amy Becker, MD, pediatric nephrologist; and Salam Gharaybeh, MD, pediatric nephrologist.
Driscoll's nephrology and transplant team (from left) Stephen Almond, MD, surgical director, Renal Transplant Program; Elizabeth Anyaegbu, MD, pediatric nephrologist; Samhar Al-Akash, MD, medical director, Driscoll Children's Kidney Center and Driscoll's Renal Transplant Program; Amy Becker, MD, pediatric nephrologist; and Salam Gharaybeh, MD, pediatric nephrologist.
For patients and their families who regularly travel to Driscoll Children's Hospital from the Rio Grande Valley for dialysis treatment, their trips are about to become much shorter. Next month, Driscoll Children's Valley Dialysis Center will open at 1120 E. Ridge Road in McAllen, inside Driscoll Children's Medical Plaza.

Sixty percent of Driscoll's dialysis patients live in the Rio Grande Valley, and the new clinic was planned with their convenience and quality of life in mind.

"It will allow patients to stay closer to home, in their normal environment, with less time away from family and school," said Samhar Al-Akash, MD, FAAP, medical director of Driscoll's Kidney Center and Renal Transplantation program.

Dialysis is a process by which a patient's blood is circulated using a dialysis machine into a dialyzer that filters it of toxic waste and pumps it back into the body. It's needed when the kidneys are unable to do the job. The process is done continuously for four hours on average and most patients need it three times per week, Dr. Al-Akash said.

"Dialysis is a life-saving treatment. It protects patients from the dangers of kidney failure such as electrolyte imbalances that can be dangerous to the heart. Dialysis helps patients feel better, improves their appetite and removes excessive fluid that may stress the heart and cause heart disease and hypertension. It also helps improve growth in children with growth failure."

Driscoll Children's Valley Dialysis Center will be a dedicated, 4,155-square-foot clinic and include four dialysis stations. Nurses, dietitians, social workers, office staff and board-certified pediatric nephrologists will provide the same hands-on, personal care of the highest standards that patients have been accustomed to at Driscoll Children's Hospital.

While dialysis helps children with failing kidneys, it should always be followed by kidney transplantation when possible. Since 2007, 71 children from throughout South Texas have undergone successful kidney transplantation at Driscoll Children's Hospital.

"The best dialysis is not a good replacement for the kidneys," Dr. Al-Akash said. "It is only a bridge to transplantation for children."

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