Will dialysis restrict my normal activities?

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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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Dialysis

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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