Hemodialysis (HD) is a treatment for kidney failure that occurs at end stage renal disease (ESRD), also called Stage 5 chronic kidney disease (CKD).
Hemodialysis is a process in which your blood is filtered outside your body through a dialyzer or "artificial kidney" to remove unwanted waste, toxins and excess fluids. "Hemo" means blood and "dialysis" means filter. The cleaned blood is then returned to your bloodstream.
In-Center Dialysis treatment takes place in our Kidney Dialysis Center, under the close supervision of a care team.
How does In-Center Hemodialysis work?
If you choose In-Center Hemodialysis, you’ll typically go to our Dialysis Center 3 times per week for about 3-5 hours each visit, depending on the treatment schedule your nephrologist prescribes.
You’ll be connected to the dialysis machine via your access. Your blood is then filtered outside of your body through a dialyzer or "artificial kidney" to remove unwanted waste, toxins and excess fluid. The clean, chemically balanced blood is then returned to your body. Members of your care team will supervise your entire treatment and look after you throughout your appointment.
Benefits of In-Center Dialysis
Treatments are performed by trained staff, so you can sit back and relax. If performing self-care, you will perform the treatment, with supervision.
All your treatments, labs and checkups are done in one place. There’s no need to store dialysis equipment or supplies at home.
You can use your dialysis time to read, rest, work on your computer, watch TV, listen to music or do something else that you enjoy.
You may also enjoy chatting with others just like you—knowing you’re not alone on this journey can be a comforting thing.
You can free up your nights to pursue your hobbies or interests, enjoy social events or be with family and friends