Home Hemodialysis (HHD) is similar to in-center dialysis and uses a machine to filter wastes and fluid from the blood.
In order to access blood in your body, a surgeon places a fistula or graft in the forearm prior to starting treatment. A fistula is a type of access created by attaching a vein and artery together, and a graft is a soft tube connected to an artery on one end and a vein on the other in the arm or thigh.
Home Hemodialysis is typically done 5-6 times a week for 2.5 to 3.5 hours. Because the treatments are done more frequently than in-center dialysis, each session takes less time to remove toxins.
SOME BENEFITS OF HOME HEMODIALYSIS MAY INCLUDE:
- Can be done at home, on vacation, or while traveling.
- Control over when you perform your treatments.
- Resume a more normal lifestyle and do many of the activities you enjoy.
- Treatments can be done overnight while you sleep (NxStage One Home Nocturnal Hemodialysis FDA approved 12/2014)
- More energy, restful sleep, and an improved feeling of overall well-being.
- Improved appetite and less restictive dialysis diet.
For qualified patients that do not have a care partner when they initiate hemodialysis at home, we offer certified personnel to assist at a time scheduled at the patient’s convenience.
More detailed information about Home Hemodialysis is available in our Patient Treatment Options Guide available under our website Patient Education section.