Hemodialysis (HD) is a kidney replacement therapy option for patients with kidney failure. It’s 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.
Where does the treatment happen?
In the dialysis center.
What is the treatment like?
A needle is placed into your dialysis access which connects you to an artificial kidney (dialyzer) via a dialysis machine. Blood is cleaned or filtered through the dialyzer and then returned to your body.
Who performs this treatment?
A trained team of nurses and/or technicians.
What are the dialysis access type(s) for this treatment?
A dialysis access is created or placed in your body, most commonly in your arm to connect you to the dialysis equipment so your blood can be cleaned.
Several factors help determine which type of dialysis access is best for you, including your veins and overall health.
You should speak to your doctor to know the type of dialysis access best suited to your condition.
What are typical treatment schedules?
What are some of the key considerations?
While your options may depend on where you are located, as well as other factors such as your health insurance, choosing your dialysis center is an important decision for your physical and emotional well-being. This is somewhere you will visit usually three times a week, so you will want to be comfortable with the people and environment there.
Learn more about Fresenius Kidney Care dialysis centers.