While blood donation is generally performed to help others, sometimes it’s medically necessary to help the donor as well. Therapeutic apheresis is a general term for treatments that remove harmful proteins, chemicals or cells in the blood that contribute to disease.
In these treatments, an automated machine separates blood components, removes the harmful component and returns the rest to the patient. This treatment can help those with blood disorders, kidney problems, autoimmune diseases and more.
During therapeutic apheresis, your procedure will be performed by one of our registered nurses (RNs), under the direction of one of our medical doctors. The process takes about 2-3 hours.