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350,000 Americans rely on dialysis to survive. Now they're getting another option to improve convenience.

Posted at: 02/22/2013 3:18 PM
Updated at: 02/22/2013 6:05 PM
By: Benita Zahn

"Having the dialysis during the day was a real burden." 35 year old Terry Daniels is married with four children. When his kidneys failed three years he needed dialysis to clear his blood of excess fluid and toxins.
  

But the lifesaving treatment robbed him of his role as a 'hands on' dad.

That changed a year ago when the Rubin dialysis center in Saratoga introduced overnight treatment. Without missing a beat, Terry signed up.

" As a young father I have children, I take them places, sports, and those kind of things."

Terry is one of about a dozen dialysis patients utilizing what's officially called in-center nocturnal dialysis. Patients start treatment anytime between 5 and and 10 pm, depending on their lifestyle.  
   
"Majority of the time you have a good night's sleep and I go home I go back to bed 'til about 8:30 and then our day, we can do anything we want, all day long" says Gene Waters.

As Gene points out, it's not only regaining the hours once lost to dialysis, but the increased treatment time, from 4 hours to 6 or 6 and a half - It makes a difference in their health.

"By far more energy, get more energy" explains John Rose. "Get more, get more poison taken out of you, fluid and so forth."

John had to resume daytime treatment in October after a hip replacement. He couldn't wait to get back to the overnights because of the difference in how he felt.

"Sometimes it's easier, over a longer period of time" explains Wayne Evancoe, CEO for Rubin Dialysis. "t's more natural, like your natural kidney function."

Rubin Dialysis has three sites in the capital region, Troy, Clifton Park and Saratoga. Right now only Troy and Saratoga offer the night time dialysis. But as the number of people needing dialysis continues to grow it's likely the overnight service will increase as well.
Especially since the folks we spoke with echo Tom Linendoll's sentiment:

" I swear by this. I would never go back. Never. "