In-Center Hemodialysis

What is it?

With in-center hemodialysis, you will regularly travel to your dialysis center where a care team of physicians, nurses, dietitians, and social workers will deliver your therapy and work with you to ensure your care needs are met. In-center hemodialysis uses a machine and an artificial kidney, called a dialyzer or filter. The machine pumps blood through the dialyzer, removing waste and extra fluid.

Doctor with patient in a red sweater inside clinic.

Is in-center hemodialysis right for me?

Your clinical team will help you determine what treatment option is best for you.


Here are some things to know about in-center hemodialysis:

  • Nurses and technicians provide care in the dialysis center and monitor your treatment.
  • Treatments are administered in the dialysis center 3-4 times per week on a fixed schedule.
  • Each dialysis treatment will take about 4 hours.
  • All dialysis equipment is provided at the dialysis center.
  • If you plan to travel, schedule treatments in advance with a dialysis center near your destination.
  • You have the opportunity to connect with fellow patients in your center.

The Impact of Patient Education

Meet Bonnie, a patient of U.S. Renal Care who improved her quality of life by transitioning her dialysis access to a fistula. Bonnie highlights the important role her dialysis clinic social worker, Larissa, played in providing support and education to help Bonnie determine the optimal dialysis access for her.