What are the disadvantages of hemodialysis at a dialysis center?

There are a number of disadvantages to hemodialysis at a dialysis center:
  • Treatment day and times are scheduled by the center.
  • You must travel to the center at least three times weekly.
  • Other people are doing dialysis at the same time, so you have less privacy.
  • Loved ones may worry if they can't be with you during treatment.
  • There may be rules against eating and drinking while on dialysis.

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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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