Dialysis is a life sustaining treatment for those who suffer from kidney failure. The person who suffers from kidney failure, is stuck with two needles: one is used to remove the blood so it can be pumped through a filter “an artificial kidney” known as a dialyzer. The other needle is then utilized as a means to return the patient blood which has been purified from poisons, toxins, and excess fluids that a working kidney normally removes.
When a person is diagnosed with end stage kidney disease the kidneys no longer clean or filter their blood effectively enough.The poisons, toxins, and excess fluids build up causing the person to feel sick and weak. If the blood is not cleaned it can lead to death.
The dialysis treatment itself is not painful, but the initial stick of the needles can feel like being stuck to have blood drawn.
The length of time a dialysis treatment takes is individualized to your body’s needs and determined by your Doctor, but an average treatment is 3-4 hours.
At Dialysis Services of West Texas, we understand that receiving dialysis treatments is time-consuming for the patient and their family. Here we do our best to make the entire experience as comfortable as possible. From heated seats, blankets, snacks and televisions during treatment, to translation and educational programs about lifestyle and diet changes, improving the quality of life for our patients is the core of everything we do. Our facility was built to be conveniently located for those who reside in the West Texas and Eastern New Mexico region. We opened our facility in July of 2004 with state-of-the-art equipment and a specially designed water purification system that includes daily heat disinfection providing a safer environment for our clients. Since our original opening, we have updated all of our dialysis machines to B. Braun Machines and make sure that our staff receives continual education to stay on the forefront of knowledge in their field. It is also important to us that we maintain a three to one nurse-to-patient ratio, instead of the usual two to one, to ensure that our patients receive the highest quality of completely personalized care.
Frank Goodman, DO, MS is a new physician joining Yoakum County Hospital medical team in September. Born in Fort Worth, Texas, he spent his childhood growing up around that area, mostly in rural Texas cutting horse country near Weatherford. He graduated from Fossil Ridge High School in Keller, Texas where he met his now wife, Danielle and went on to the University of North Texas for undergrad and Masters degree. He graduated from William Carey University of College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2018, during which he enjoyed his time learning medicine in rural Louisiana where they had their first child, Nathan. Dr. Goodman completed residency training in Osteopathic Family Medicine at OSU Medical Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma in June of 2021 where he completed a Women’s Health Obstetrical track as one focus of his Family Medicine residency training. In Tulsa they also welcomed their second son Nick. Dr. Goodman then completed Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine Fellowship at OSU Medical Center. Dr. Goodman prides himself on providing wide-scope services in a Family Practice setting with a focus on promoting the body’s self-healing mechanisms with Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment. For the last two years, he worked for Cherokee Nation W. W. Hastings Emergency Department while completing his training in Tulsa. He has advanced training in musculoskeletal diagnostics and treatment procedures, Alzheimer’s disease treatment, along with his passions for maternity and preventative care. When not working, he enjoys hiking, hunting, fishing, and sports, cooking for the family, and evenings relaxing on the couch with the entire family watching a good movie or show.