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HHD Is An Option

Home Hemodialysis

With Home Hemodialysis (HHD), the blood is filtered outside the body using a home dialysis machine and a special filter called a dialyzer. The process is similar to In-center Hemodialysis (ICHD), but thanks to new technologies, it can be performed in the comfort of your own home. Depending on the type of Home Hemodialysis, it could be performed a few days per week, on a daily basis or while you sleep. The dialysis access is generally in the arm and the equipment is much smaller than the equipment you might see in a dialysis center. In every case, you and a spouse or care partner are trained in the procedure and taught how to do it safely and effectively at home. 

Short Daily Home Hemodialysis

This form of Home Hemodialysis is for two to four hours each day, five to six times a week. Since less fluid is removed with each treatment, this type of dialysis can help prevent or relieve some of the more common side effects of three-times-a-week Hemodialysis like headaches, nausea, and cramping that can occur with other treatments. 

Nighttime Home Hemodialysis

Consisting of long, slower treatments while you sleep, nighttime Home Hemodialysis offers you more freedom during the day. How often nighttime Home Hemodialysis is performed depends on the individual. The treatment schedule ranges from every other night up to six nights per week, with treatments lasting six to eight hours. 

Conventional Home Hemodialysis

Conventional Home Hemodialysis is done on the same schedule as In-center Hemodialysis: three times per week, three to four hours each time.
 

Is home dialysis right for you?

Several conditions may prevent your doctor from prescribing HHD including a recent history of seizures or memory difficulties. To prevent patient injury or death, the patient and/or their care partner must promptly respond to alarms, hazards or when the patient's condition is compromised. Every patient is different so it is important to talk to your doctor, nurse and/or social worker to determine if there are other reasons HHD may not be right for you.







  One of the doctors told me something very profound and that was, 'your kidneys don't just work on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday'. Well, dialyzing at home, I got as close to every day as I could. I did it six days a week and it made me feel better. 

George, 68, Husband, Grandfather
In-center Hemodialysis, Home Hemodialysis, Now: Transplant


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