In-center hemodialysis is the most common type of dialysis. Patients visit
a center to receive treatment. Some centers even offer nocturnal dialysis, which
is done at night while you are sleeping.
Hemodialysis involves accessing the bloodstream through a surgically-prepared access
site that allows blood to pass through a special filter of a dialysis machine, be
cleansed and return to your body. There are two access options:
This surgical procedure connects your artery and vein, usually in your forearm.
This method is often the best kind of access because your own tissue is used, which
means a lower chance of infection and clotting.
This option uses a tube to connect your artery and vein under the skin. A graft
might require additional maintenance or repair, but can last for several years.
Time Commitment: 3 treatments each week. Each treatment lasts 3–4 hours.
- Treatments are administered by well-trained medical professionals and highly- skilled
- Centers have three different treatment shifts.
- Dietitians and social workers are available to help you meet your physical and emotional
needs while on dialysis.
- While you dialyze, you are free to enjoy activities such as reading, listening to
music or browsing the Internet.
- You can socialize with other dialysis patients.
- It requires you to travel to and from a dialysis center three times a week on a
- Two needles will need to be inserted by staff for every treatment.
- There are diet restrictions you have to follow.