Apheresis

The innovative method of cleansing the blood is called apheresis, used in our clinic and is a treatment similar to dialysis.

Apheresis

With apheresis, various components can be separated from the patient’s blood through an “extra-corporal” cycle (meaning it takes place outside of the patient’s body) using special membrane plasma separation.

Toxic substances, harmful proteins and metabolic residues can selectively be eliminated from the body, yielding positive therapeutic results.

Through the specialized cleansing of the plasma, harmful substances are eliminated from the patient’s blood, enabling the body to restore its healthy balance and functions of the various bodily processes. With this method, the causes of various clinical symptoms related to the following diseases can be treated:

 

 

  1. Rheumatic diseases
  2. Disorders of the fat metabolism
  3. Chronic and acute diseases of the immune system
  4. Borreliosis
  5. Autoimmune diseases
  6. Contamination from heavy-metals

The apheresis offers two treatment options. Depending on the clinical indication, one of the two methods is selected for therapy.

During a specific plasma apheresis used in treatments such as for autoimmune diseases, plasma is separated from the blood-cells. The separated plasma is then run through special filters for plasma separation that selectively retain the pathogenic substances and toxins. The cleansed plasma is returned to the patient’s body by a vein-catheter.

The second method is the nonspecific plasma apheresis. In this case, the previously separated plasma gained from the extra-corporal cycle is discarded and instead a complex nutrient solution is injected.

Apheresis is a very gentle therapy, putting little strain on the patient and, therefore well tolerated by the body. Normally, a significant reduction of electrolytes and important antibodies does not occur.