Home dialysis is an option for people with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) who want a more flexible dialysis treatment schedule. Hypertension Nephrology Associates, PC, in Livonia, Michigan, offers many treatment options for ESRD, including home dialysis. To find out more about home dialysis, call the Detroit metropolitan area office or schedule an appointment online today.
Home dialysis is a treatment for people with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) they do at home. Dialysis takes over the function of your kidneys, removing excess fluids, waste, and toxins.
Most people go to a dialysis center to get hemodialysis. These types of treatments take up to four hours and occur three days a week on a set schedule.
Home dialysis treatments give you more flexibility.
There are two types of home dialysis: hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis.
Hemodialysis is a type of dialysis that uses a machine to pump blood out of your body and clean it through a hemodialyzer. Then, the machine returns the blood back to your body.
Though hemodialysis is the primary treatment at a dialysis center, you can also do it at home. The home hemodialysis machine is smaller than the one at the center but works in the same manner.
With home hemodialysis, you may have a more flexible treatment schedule, such as short, frequent dialysis (treatments 5-7 days a week for 2-4 hours at a time) or nightly dialysis (3-6 times a week at night while you sleep).
With peritoneal dialysis, the blood cleaning occurs inside the abdominal cavity (peritoneal cavity). For this home dialysis treatment, you administer a special solution (dialysate) through a catheter into your abdomen.
You leave the solution in your body for 60-90 minutes while it removes waste and fluids, and then you drain the solution. With peritoneal dialysis, you repeat the cleanings up to four times a day and then do a treatment overnight while you sleep.
You can also use a machine for peritoneal dialysis. This is called continuous cycling peritoneal dialysis (CCPD).
Your provider at Hypertension Nephrology Associates, PC, determines if you’re a candidate for home dialysis after a consultation. You must go through training before you start any of the home dialysis treatment options.
If you pass the training and you’re willing to take on the responsibility of home dialysis care, then your provider may recommend this more flexible treatment option.
To see if home dialysis is right for you, call Hypertension Nephrology Associates, PC, or schedule an appointment online today.