Western Nephrology physicians are committed to providing the opportunity for patients to dialyze at home. Options include both peritoneal dialysis and home hemodialysis. Our home dialysis nurses are available in each of our clinics to provide information and training. If you or someone you know is on dialysis and want to explore treatment options, please ask to speak with one of our staff members.
Hemodialysis or Peritoneal Dialysis
There are two kinds of dialysis. In hemodialysis, blood is pumped out of your body to an artificial kidney machine, and returned to your body by tubes that connect you to the machine. In peritoneal dialysis, the inside lining of your own belly acts as a natural filter. Wastes are taken out by means of a cleansing fluid called dialysate, which is washed in and out of your belly in cycles.
Hemodialysis: At home or in-center
You can do hemodialysis at a dialysis center where a nurse or technician performs the tasks required during treatment. In-center hemodialysis is usually done three times a week for about three to four hours or longer each session. In-center treatments are done at a pre-scheduled time.
You can also do hemodialysis at home where you are the one doing your treatment. At home, you may be better able to fit your treatments into your daily schedule. Studies show that the more you know about your treatment and the more you do on your own, the better you are likely to do on dialysis.