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What Is LDL Apheresis?

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What Is LDL Apheresis?

LDL apheresis is a nonsurgical therapy that removes LDL (so called "bad") cholesterol from the blood. Most people with high cholesterol levels can be treated using a combination of diet, exercise and medications. Some people with severely high cholesterol levels do not respond to medications or have harmful reactions to medications. People who have high LDL levels who can't take medication can benefit from LDL apheresis.

A machine with special filters is used to remove the LDL cholesterol from the patient's blood and then it is returned to them, using needles that are placed in each arm. Sometimes the patient may have a shunt surgically placed in their arm for this treatment. LDL apheresis is a life-long therapy that is required every two weeks, and a typical procedure lasts about two hours.

Endocrinologist Dr. Thomas Repas can prescribe LDL apheresis as part of his practice at Campbell County Medical Group Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism.Campbell County Health (CCH) can treat patients with this specialized therapy in the CCH Dialysis Center because dialysis treatment is similar to apheresis, and staff have training on the necessary supplies and equipment.

Learn more about the Dialysis Center HERE.
  • Category: Campbell County Medical Group Complex and Internal Medicine