Does the blood wash also wash out medication that I am currently taking?
Yes, in principle medication can also be removed from the blood. This can lead to a temporary reduction in the concentration of medication in the blood and thus influence the effectiveness of the medication. If you are taking medication, your doctor will discuss any necessary dosage adjustments with you in advance.
Does blood washing also filter out “good” substances, such as minerals or useful antibodies?
Electrolytes and vital substances are retained as far as possible. Nevertheless, we check and monitor your micronutrient status before and after the treatment to prevent potential deficiencies.
How much recovery time do I need after the treatment?
The recovery time may vary depending on the individual state of health. In any case, we recommend allowing sufficient rest time after the treatment. In our experience, most patients are in the same general condition after the “small” blood wash (THERA Mito Apheresis®) and can go about their normal daily lives the next day.
With the “large” blood wash, the externally induced fever can lead to temporary tiredness and fatigue. Patients experience this in very different ways – a rapid increase in performance is also frequently reported.
What do I need to consider before starting treatment?
Your attending physician will discuss the entire procedure with you before the blood wash is carried out and you will be informed in detail. Please be sure to inform your doctor of any medication you are taking and any known allergies or intolerances.
What do I need to consider after the blood wash?
- Allow sufficient rest time
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Make an appointment for a blood test after 14 days
- A regulating therapy concept should be continued consistently
- No heavy lifting or sport on the same day after groin puncture
How often does blood washing have to be performed?
On average, we carry out minor blood washing on our patients around 2-6 times. In the case of major dialysis, 1-2 treatments are usually sufficient. However, the number of treatments can vary greatly depending on the patient and their illness.
Is the procedure painful or unpleasant?
Therapeutic apheresis is a painless procedure. At the beginning of the treatment, an indwelling cannula is placed in the crook of your arm by means of venipuncture. In the case of large blood washing, the inguinal vein is also punctured (under local anesthesia).
During the treatment, you will sit in a comfortable position or lie in a treatment bed in the case of major blood washing. Occasionally, you may experience (unpleasant) sensations such as cold/warmth, nausea, circulatory fluctuations or dizziness during the procedure.
Is INUSpheresis® part of blood washing in the THERA practice?
INUSpheresis® and THERA Mito Apheresis® are very similar. Pathogenic substances are filtered out of the blood to a very similar extent using membrane filtration. THERA Mito Hyperthermia Adsorption®, on the other hand, is a further development of these two methods (see table above). Among other things, the efficiency of the treatment is increased many times over through the simultaneous application of whole-body hyperthermia.