Contact Us: (210) 358-4000
Children's Health: (210) 358-5437
like follow youtube
Patient Login | Contact Us: (210) 358-4000
Children's Health: (210) 358-5437
Dialysis services at University Health System
Renal Dialysis Centers



University Dialysis Northwest
University Dialysis South
University Dialysis Southeast
University Dialysis West

Adult Renal Dialysis Unit

University Health System's renal dialysis units offer several treatment options for patients with acute and chronic kidney failure. Hemodialysis can be provided at the hospital, in a dialysis unit that is not part of a hospital, or at home when peritoneal dialysis is chosen as an appropriate treatment option by the patient and his/her physician.

With over 30 years of experience and as the recipient of several awards including U.S. News and World Report's Top 50 Hospitals for nephrology services for five years running, University Health System's renal dialysis is the only choice for you.

Treatment Options

There are four treatment options available at UHS for patients with chronic renal failure. Below is a brief description of each treatment modality:


In hemodialysis, a dialysis machine and a special filter called an artificial kidney, or a dialyzer, is used to clean your blood. The average hemodialysis treatment lasts about four hours and is administered three times per week. University Health System has four outpatient hemodialysis clinics throughout the community. Treatments can be scheduled on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday rotation or on a Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday rotation. Both schedules have a morning, afternoon, and evening shift you can choose from.*

Peritoneal Dialysis

In this type of dialysis, your blood is cleaned inside your body. During the treatment, your abdominal area, called the peritoneal cavity, is slowly filled with dialysate through a catheter. The blood stays in the arteries and veins that line your peritoneal cavity. Extra fluid and waste products are drawn out of your blood and into the dialysate.

There are two major kinds of peritoneal dialysis, both which are offered by University Health System:

Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis (CAPD)

CAPD is the only type of peritoneal dialysis that is done without machines. You do this yourself, usually four to five times a day, at home and/or at work. While the dialysate is in your peritoneal cavity, you can go about your usual activities at work, school or at home.

Continuous Cycling Peritoneal Dialysis (CCPD)

CCPD is done at home using a special machine called a cycler. Each cycle usually lasts 90 minutes and exchanges are done throughout the night while you sleep.

Why Choose a UHS Renal Dialysis Unit?

  • Our quality of care has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report as a top 50 hospital in the U.S. for nephrology service.
  • We have a variety of treatment options to include inpatient services, in-center hemodialysis, and two forms of peritoneal dialysis.
  • We have four convenient locations strategically placed throughout the community to make getting care easier.
  • You will feel comfortable in our welcoming environment with state-of-the-art equipment at all units.
  • We have a comprehensive team of high-qualified physicians, nurses, patient educators, technicians, social workers, dieticians, and front desk staff dedicated to patient satisfaction and quality care.
  • You will have multiple treatment schedule options.

* Shift and schedule preference depends on availability.



University Health System is located in San Antonio, TX and owned by the people of Bexar County.
©2015 University Health System. All rights reserved.

University Health System is a non-smoking organization
Terms of Use Agreement | Privacy Policy | Contact Us

University Health System is a smoke-free organization.