If you need dialysis for kidney disease, you have a few options for how to receive treatment. Many people have dialysis in a treatment center. This article focuses on hemodialysis at a treatment center.
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You may have treatment in a hospital or in a separate dialysis center.
It's important not to miss or skip any dialysis sessions. Be sure you arrive on time. Many centers have busy schedules. So you may not be able to make up the time if you are late.
During dialysis, your blood will flow through a special filter that removes waste and excess fluid. The filter is sometimes called an artificial kidney.
Once you arrive at the center, trained health care providers will take charge of you.
During your first sessions, you may have some nausea, cramping, dizziness, and headaches. This may go away after a few sessions, but be sure to tell your providers if you feel unwell. Your providers may be able to adjust your treatment to help you feel more comfortable.
Having too much fluid in your body that needs to be removed can cause symptoms. This is why you should follow a strict kidney dialysis diet. Your provider will go over this with you.
How long your dialysis session lasts depends on:
Getting dialysis does take a lot of time, and it will take some getting used to. However, between sessions, you can go about your daily routine.
Getting kidney dialysis does not have to keep you from traveling or working. There are many dialysis centers across the U.S. and in many foreign countries. If you plan to travel, you’ll need to make appointments ahead of time during your time away from home.
Call your doctor if you notice:
Also call your doctor if you severely suffer from any of the following symptoms or they last more than 2 days:
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Updated by: Charles Silberberg, DO, Private Practice specializing in Nephrology, Affiliated with New York Medical College, Division of Nephrology, Valhalla, NY. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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