How should I prepare for dialysis?


Several weeks or months before your first hemodialysis treatment, your doctor will need to prepare an access site to your bloodstream. This procedure is called arteriovenous (AV) fistula, and is done in the hospital with an overnight stay, though it can also be performed on an outpatient basis. An AV fistula artificially connects a vein with an artery and is usually placed in your forearm. An AV fistula is prepared before hemodialysis with enough time to allow the site to heal before treatment.

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Healthy kidneys remove waste from your blood and produce hormones your body needs. If your kidneys fail, you either need a kidney transplant or dialysis. Dialysis is a procedure that uses a machine to perform many of the functions ...

of the kidney. Dialysis can help prevent problems resulting from kidney failure and it allows people with kidney failure to live productive lives. Dialysis filters your blood, and like a health kidney, removes waste from your blood. Patients using dialysis are also required to follow a strict diet in order to stay healthy. There are two types of dialysis: hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. There are different advantages and disadvantages with both hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. Talk to your doctor about which type of dialysis would work better for you.

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