Hemodialysis uses a machine to process and clean your blood and is the most common method used to treat advanced and permanent kidney failure. At SNG, we use top-of-the-line medical equipment in all of our facilities for in-center hemodialysis. Patients visit one of our centers to receive treatment.
One important step before starting hemodialysis is preparing a vascular access, a site on your body from which your blood is removed and returned. It will allow for easier and more efficient removal and replacement of your blood with fewer complications. With hemodialysis, there are two vascular access options:
Through a surgical procedure, an AV fistula connects your artery directly to a vein, typically in the forearm. Connecting the artery to the vein causes more blood to flow into the vein. As a result, the vein grows large r and stronger, making repeated needle insertions for hemodialysis treatments easier. This method is often ideal because your own tissue is used, decreasing the chance of infection and clotting.
Another option is to implant a synthetic tube, or graft, to connect your artery and vein under the skin in your arm. The graft becomes an artificial vein that can be used repeatedly for needle placement and blood access during hemodialysis. A well-cared-for graft can last several years.
Time Commitment for In-Center Hemodialysis:
3 treatments per week, with each treatment lasting 3-4 hours.
Advantages of In-Center Hemodialysis:
· Well-trained medical professionals and technicians administer treatment.
· Availability of different treatment shifts.
· Dietitians and social workers are available to meet with you to discuss any physical or emotional needs during treatment.
· Patients are free to enjoy activities, such as reading, listening to music, browsing the Internet or socializing with other patients, during treatment.
Disadvantages of In-Center Hemodialysis:
· Travel required to and from a dialysis center on a fixed schedule.
· Needle insertion for every treatment.
· Diet restrictions must be followed.