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Cape Coral Kidney Center accepting patients

August 24, 2018
By CJ HADDAD ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

A new state-of-the-art dialysis center in the heart of Cape Coral is now accepting patients.

The Cape Coral Kidney Center opened in March of this year, and is committed to total patient comfort and care, with 16 heated dialysis chairs, individual flat screen TVs, wireless internet, DVD players and emergency generators for 100 percent back-up power.

What makes the Cape Coral Kidney Center special is that it provides self-care home dialysis, helping patients transition their treatments into the comfort of their home.

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The new state-of the-art Cape Coral Kidney Center on Santa Barbara Boulevard is open and accepting new patients.

"Home dialysis gives empowerment to the patient," said Dr. Tony Gulati, one of three doctors always in-house at the kidney center. "Dialysis is a life changing, burdensome therapy. If the patients are given empowerment and control over their own plans and own treatments, they feel much better mentally and physically. They have flexibility."

Other than being in a more comfortable environment and not having to travel for treatments, home dialysis gives patients an opportunity to more frequently improve on their condition.

At home, individuals can self-treat themselves five to six days a week for longer periods of time instead of three times a week for only four hours at the facility.

"There is no comparison. The more treatment you get, the better you'll feel. That makes a huge difference," said Gulati. "You're almost getting double the therapy without any time wasted in traveling back and forth."

The home dialysis machines are small enough to fit into any household, and Gulati said outcomes are much better for patients on home dialysis in terms of mortality and long-term wellness.

Select patients can learn how to do their own dialysis in the center - the first of its kind in Florida, not having to wait for a nurse to assist them, taking steps towards being able to self-treat outside of the facilities.

The center has four training rooms and two nurses that specialize in the home care program.

There is a six-week training program to insure patients are familiarized with equipment and procedure, including a single home visit initially to set up the individual properly.

Cape Coral Kidney Center will arrange for all supplies to be brought to your house on a monthly basis, and even have old materials removed by the drivers.

"We are giving power and independence back to the patients," Gulati said. "We tell them, 'Look, if you can do this yourselves, and you pass the training and show us what you can do, you can do it yourself.' The whole idea is to give you control of your own health, and that's what we've decided to do here."

Gulati and staff also offers peritoneal dialysis, a different kind of treatment through the abdomen at night through a machine, seven days a week, while you sleep.

"You don't even know you're on dialysis. When you wake up in the morning, you're all done, with the whole day to yourself," said Gulati.

He said he's seen first-hand how home dialysis can improve the spirit and attitude of patients, and in some instances, give them their life back.

No matter if you're coming in three days a week for treatment or learning how to transition to home dialysis, Gulati and staff are excited to be at the forefront of dialysis care in Cape Coral.

"We have an extremely competent staff and want to be leaders in this community for dialysis care. We invite all dialysis patients to come and visit us, we'll give them a free tour," he said.

Also on-site for patients are a dietician and social worker.

"We have a dedicated social worker who does insurance, transportation for patients and takes care of financial and medication needs," said Gulati.

The center works closely with hospitals across the state of Florida to refer patients to transplant centers, not just Gulf Coast Transplant Center.

Gulati, along with colleagues Dr. Ganesh Shenoy and Dr. Nijal Sheth practice at two other locations in Fort Myers and Lehigh Acres.

The center is open Monday-Saturday, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., with patient shifts breaking down into Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday sessions.

Cape Coral Kidney Center is located at 2375 Santa Barbara Blvd., and can be reached by calling 239-772-2988.

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