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Will dialysis restrict my normal activities?

For conventional hemodialysis, you will need to visit a medical center three times a week for at least three hours at a time. You can read, watch TV, or rest during treatment, and should be able to resume usual activities afterward, though some people do report feeling temporarily depleted. Hemodialysis can also be done at home, or more frequently at a center, for shorter periods of time.

If you need more independence, there is another method of dialysis, peritoneal dialysis. There are several different techniques for this method. They can all be conducted at home or while traveling, and may involve overnight treatment. As long as you monitor your diet and keep a consistent treatment schedule, you should be able to go about your normal activities during dialysis treatment.

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