Frequently Asked Questions

Kidney Disease FAQ's

LIPOSORBER is an extracorporeal therapy that enables patients to attain the recommended therapeutic targets when diet and maximum drug therapies have failed. LIPOSORBER is shown to acutely reduce harmful cholesterol agents: Low-Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol (LDL-C), Lipoprotein(a) [Lp(a)]. It can be prescribed to patients that are at least 5 years of age and weigh no less than 21kg (46 lbs).

On average, the entire procedure is completed in 2-4 hours. At all times, less than a pint of your blood and plasma will be circulating through the LIPOSORBER® treatment machine.

During the procedure, the plasma is separated from the whole blood and the bad LDL cholesterol and Lp(a) are removed from the plasma. Then the plasma and blood are recombined, warmed and returned back to you.

The LIPOSORBER® consists of disposable components and an automated computer machine that controls and monitors you each step of the way.

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There are more than 50 locations across the United States and Canada that offer LIPOSORBER® treatment with new facilities added regularly. 


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LIPOSORBER® received FDA approval in 1996. It has been in worldwide use since 1986 with more than 600,000 LIPOSORBER® treatments performed on over 6,000 patients.

The most common adverse events are hypotension (0.8%), nausea/vomiting (0.5%), and flushing/blotching (0.4%). Other adverse reactions include angina/chest pain, shortness of breath, fainting, lightheadedness and anemia.

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For the indicated patient population, LIPOSORBER® treatment is considered medically necessary and is covered by many insurance and managed care plans. Please consult with your insurance carrier to determine whether treatment is covered.

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  1. Kaneka Medical America LLC., 2021, LIPOSORBER®LA-15 SYSTEM Operator’s Manual No.1002en-R4.