The third floor of the Viroqua Area Medical Office Building is the site of one of four regional renal dialysis units operated by Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center. Stable patients are able to receive dialysis in Viroqua Monday through Saturday. A typical dialysis patient undergoes dialysis three times a week for three to five hours each visit.
Hemodialysis is used to treat patients with kidney failure. It cleans the blood and removes wastes and excess fluids from the body. The blood is routed and filtered through an artificial kidney or dialyzer. The clean blood is then returned to the body. Removing harmful wastes, and excess salt and fluids helps regulate blood pressure and chemicals such as potassium and sodium.