Dialysis (Inpatient & Outpatient)

Dialysis, or hemodialysis, is a treatment process that performs the functions of healthy kidneys. To help keep your body in balance, dialysis:

  • Removes waste, salt and fluids to prevent them from building up in your body
  • Maintains safe levels of potassium, sodium and bicarbonate in your body
  • Helps control your blood pressure

Dialysis can be performed at a hospital or clinic, a dialysis center or your home. Your medical provider will help you decide which is best for you based on your medical condition and lifestyle.

Call 1-800-773-3171 (toll-free) for information.

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  • Types of Dialysis

    Center-based hemodialysis
    In a dialysis center, your hemodialysis treatments last from three to five hours and are typically performed three times per week. To do hemodialysis, you need to have an access, or entrance, into your bloodstream. A surgical procedure will be required to create your bloodstream access for dialysis.

    Peritoneal dialysis
    This treatment cleans your blood while it's inside your body using your belly as a natural filter. Peritoneal dialysis requires minor surgery to place a plastic tube called a catheter into your belly to create an access. This form of dialysis can be done at home during the day or at night while you sleep. Using the catheter, you fill your abdominal area with a cleansing solution (dialysate) that draws the waste products out of your bloodstream. As you go about your usual activities, waste and fluid will flow into the dialysate. After you complete this process, you drain out the used dialysate and put in clean fluid. This process is called an exchange.

    Home hemodialysis
    This type of dialysis is very similar to conventional hemodialysis performed in a dialysis center except the dialysis machine is located in your home. After you and a partner learn how to operate the system, you will perform treatments six times each week. Check-ups are required each month with your dialysis training nurse and nephrologist.

    We encourage you to speak with your doctor and nurses about the benefits and risks of each dialysis option.

  • Dialysis Centers
    Menomonie Dialysis Center

    For your center-based hemodialysis treatments, we offer four Mayo Clinic Dialysis locations in northwest Wisconsin. When you begin dialysis, you'll be treated in the hospital dialysis unit in Eau Claire. Your health care team will then work with you and your family to determine which of our locations will be the best place to receive your ongoing dialysis treatments.

    1222 E. Woodland Ave.
    Hours: Monday – Saturday, 6 a.m.-5 p.m.

    Eau Claire
    1221 Whipple St. (hospital, fifth floor)
    Hours: Monday – Saturday, 6 a.m.-5 p.m.

    Eau Claire
    3845 London Road
    Hours: Monday – Saturday, 6 a.m.-5 p.m.

    407 21st St. SE
    Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 6 a.m.-5 p.m.

Contact Us

888-838-4777 (toll-free)

800-773-3171 (appointments)

Where to Find Us

1221 Whipple St.
Eau Claire, WI 54703