FAQs

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What is hemodialysis?
Hemodialysis is a treatment to filter wastes and water from a person's blood who has End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), also called kidney failure, and can no longer rely on their kidneys to effectively cleanse their blood.
Who needs dialysis?
People with ESRD which causes a buildup of waste and water and an imbalance of hormones that regulate blood pressure and anemia.
Does everyone with kidney disease need dialysis?
No. There are five stages to kidney disease. Generally, only people with stage five kidney disease require dialysis.
How often do people get dialysis?
Most people that receive dialysis in facilities do so three times a week for approximately four hours per session. People that do hemodialysis at home tend to do more frequent but shorter dialysis sessions.
Does dialysis make you tired?
In general people feel tired after their dialysis treatment. Controlling your fluids and staying on top of your medicines helps people feel less “washed out”. Most people report feeling better after a snack and a short nap.
How long will I require dialysis treatment?
If your nephrologist has diagnosed you with End-Stage Renal Disease you will likely require dialysis until the end of your life unless you receive a kidney transplant.
Can I drive to dialysis?
Many people drive, work, and carry-on life as usual while receiving dialysis. If you are adherent to your dialysis prescription, your activities of daily living should not change much because you require dialysis.
How do I pay for dialysis?
In most cases your health insurance pays for dialysis. Each person’s health insurance situation is unique. Every dialysis patient has a dialysis social worker who has resources and information to help you understand your insurance and resources that may be available to you.