Home Hemodialysis (HHD) is similar to in-center hemodialysis, as both use a machine to filter wastes and fluid from the blood.
In order to access blood in your body and prepare you for hemodialysis, 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. An additional option is a graft. A graft is a soft tube connected to an artery on one end and a vein on the other. Grafts are usually placed in the arm or thigh.
Home Hemodialysis is typically done 5-6 times a week for 2.5 to 3.5 hours. Because these dialysis treatments are done more frequently than in-center dialysis, each session takes less time to remove toxins.
SOME BENEFITS OF HOME HEMODIALYSIS MAY INCLUDE:
- Options to be done at home, on vacation, or while traveling
- Control over when your treatments are performed
- Maintenance of your lifestyle and ability to do many of the activities you enjoy
- The choice to complete treatments overnight while you sleep
- Helping provide you with more energy, restful sleep, and to fell better overall
- Improving appetite
Staff-Assisted or Staff Enhanced
For qualified patients that do not have a care partner, we can provide clinical staff to assist with administering dialysis treatment at a time that is convenient for you.
More detailed information about Home Hemodialysis is available in our Patient Treatment Options Guide.