Dialysis Center


Massena Memorial Hospital Dialysis Center opened to serve patients and provide end-stage renal dialysis services. The MMH Dialysis Center is located at 290 Main Street in Massena.

The center features eight dialysis stations, along with the most current technology and highest quality of clinical care. The center is open six days a week for the convenience and comfort of the patients.

The Basics and a Lot More
Our dialysis program offers highly-skilled care, along with state-of-the-art equipment, in comfortable, relaxed, and friendly surroundings. Our highly qualified and dedicated team of professionals delivers individualized hemodialysis treatments  for each patient. This multidisciplinary healthcare team - which brings together the skills of nephrologists, nurses, dietitians, and social workers - uses a coordinated approach, which most effectively manages the total healthcare needs of renal patients.

Hemodialysis removes wastes and excess fluids from the blood. About three times a week at a convenient location to home and work, renal patients on dialysis are connected to volumetric machines, offering comfortable treatments with few side effects. 

Nursing & Professional Staff - Qualified, Friendly and Compassionate.

Patients frequently cite our excellent nursing staff, dietitian, and social worker as a primary reason for their satisfaction. Our healthcare professionals maintain the continuing certification and advanced skills patients expect, a breadth and depth of experience that can be trusted and, in addition, are available to patients around the clock.

How to Reach Us
For more information about our renal dialysis services, call the MMH Dialysis Center at 

(315) 705-0101.
                                                                                                                                                                      Frequently Asked Questions

When is dialysis needed?
Patients need dialysis when they develop end stage kidney failure --usually by the time about 85 to 90 percent of kidney function is lost.

What does dialysis do?

Like healthy kidneys, dialysis keeps your body in balance.

Dialysis does the following:

  • Removes waste, salt and extra water to prevent them from building up in the body 
  • Keeps a safe level of certain chemicals in your blood, such as potassium, sodium and bicarbonate
  • Helps to control blood pressure

Is kidney failure permanent?

Not always. Some kinds of acute kidney failure get better after treatment. In rare situations of acute kidney failure, dialysis may only be needed for a short time until the kidneys get better. In chronic or end stage kidney failure, the kidneys do not get better and patients will need dialysis for the rest of their life. Patients may request an evaluation for a kidney transplant.

Where is dialysis done?

Dialysis can be performed at the MMH Center.

Are there different types of dialysis?

Yes, there are two types of dialysis --hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis.

What is hemodialysis?
Hemodialysis is the type of treatment provided at the MMH Dialysis Center. In hemodialysis, an artificial kidney (hemodialyzer) is used to remove waste and extra chemicals and fluid from the blood. To get blood into the artificial kidney, the doctor needs to make an access (entrance) into the blood vessels. This is done by minor surgery to your arm or leg.  Sometimes, an access is made by joining an artery to a vein under the skin to make a bigger blood vessel called a fistula. However, if the blood vessels are not adequate for a fistula, the doctor may use a soft plastic tube to join an artery and a vein under the skin. This is called a graft. Occasionally, an access is made by means of a narrow plastic tube, called a catheter, which is inserted into a large vein in your neck. This type of access may be temporary, but can be used for long-term treatment.

How long do hemodialysis treatments last?
The time needed for your dialysis depends on

  • How well your kidneys work
  • How much fluid weight gained between treatments
  • How much waste you have in your body
  • How large the patient is
  • The type of artificial kidney used
For more information about our renal dialysis services, call the MMH Dialysis Center at  (315) 705-0101.


April 2015

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