Ferrer said the Prairieville center located on Commerce Center Drive opened in late-June. He said the center offers patients wit in-center hemodialysis on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

DaVita Prairieville Dialysis welcomed the community in an open house where patients and medical staff met with residents to discuss the impact of kidney disease. The December 9 event was a hit, despite the snowy weather.

"The open house allowed one-on-one conversations with dialysis patients and medical staff about chronic kidney disease, a silent epidemic that affects more than 30 million, or 1 in 7 adults in the United States," said DaVita spokesperson Charles Ferrer.

DaVita is committed to educating the community on kidney disease by having them understand their risk factors and hopefully avoid kidney failure all together by catching it early. Ferrer said the Prairieville center located on Commerce Center Drive opened in late-June. He said the center offers patients wit in-center hemodialysis on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

"Based on our estimates, providing dialysis care to the residents locally was necessary to address the growing prevalence of kidney disease," said Ferrer.

Kidney disease, or renal disease, means the kidneys are no longer able to remove waste effectively from the body. The build up of waste can chance the chemistry of the body, causing symptoms like high blood pressure, anemia, and weakening bones. Diabetes and high blood pressure are the top causes of kidney disease. Genetic and autoimmune diseases, birth defects, acute kidney failure, and other problems can also lead to renal disease.

Renal disease is treated with dialysis, which removes wastes and excess fluids from the blood. After kidney failure, dialysis is needed to keep patients alive. For more information on kidney disease and treatment options, visit davita.com.

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