24 hours prior to having treatment, make sure you are drinking plenty of water. The more water you drink, the plumper your veins are. This makes it easier for the nurse to find and access your vein. Ideally, you should drink 6-8 cups of water before your treatment.
What to avoid prior to treatment:
- Fatty Foods
You can eat and drink during the treatment of LIPOSORBER. It is recommended to wear loose fitting clothes to stay comfortable. Wearing short sleeve shirts make it easier for the nurse to access your vein for treatment. Use the bathroom before the process begins to avoid having to go during treatment.
What you may want to bring to treatment:
- List of current medications
The entire procedure takes approximately 2-4 hours to perform. The amount of time depends on your plasma volume. Most patients report a comfortable experience during their treatment.
*Patients should consult with their treating healthcare provider about therapy preparations as these may vary.
Standard Treatment Schedule*
The standard treatment schedule for a primary FSGS patient is:
- 2x a week for 3 weeks followed by
- 1x a week for 6 weeks
There are a total of 12 treatment sessions over 9 weeks. You can expect feeling a little tired the day of, but likely feel noticeably better
the day after treatment.
*Patients should consult with their treating healthcare provider as treatment duration and schedule may vary.
LIPOSORBER® Treatment Overview
Blood is withdrawn: Blood is taken from one arm and pumped through the LIPOSORBER system
where it is thinned. Blood is taken from one arm and pumped through the LIPOSORBER system
where it is thinned.
Blood is thinned: Anticoagulation, or blood thinning, is necessary for all treatments in which blood is removed.
Heparin is used to prevent the blood from clotting.
LDL-C, Lp(a) & VLDL is removed: Plasma passes through the LIPOSORBER system, which selectively
removes the bad cholesterol (LDL-C), Lp(a) and VLDL from the blood.
Blood is returned to body: Plasma is recombined with the blood cells and warmed, then returned to the patient.
*process may vary by patient