Hemodialysis at Home
If you are familiar with dialysis and your body’s needs, consider performing hemodialysis on yourself at home if you haven’t already! Doing this can help you work around your schedule and feel more in control of your body. Studies have also shown that the more you know about your treatments, the more likely you are to be successful on your dialysis treatments.
There are three types of hemodialysis you can perform at home:
Conventional home dialysis – Training may take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months, but you will be able to perform your dialysis safely and efficiently. You will need to perform this treatment several times a week, and you can expect it to take anywhere from three to four hours each time.
Short daily home dialysis – This process is performed much more often than the conventional home dialysis, but the treatments are shorter. It’s done five to seven times a week, and usually, treatments take about two hours each time. These treatments require less fluid to be removed each time since they are so frequent, so your headaches, nausea, and whatever symptoms that usually follow may be lessened.
Nocturnal home dialysis – These treatments are long and slow, but they are done while you are sleeping. Depending on what your doctor recommends, you will need to do the nocturnal dialysis six nights a week or every other night. Treatments can take 6-8 hours.
No matter which option you choose, Hemowear has the clothing you need to make dialysis a comfortable experience. Check out our PD belts and other customized dialysis clothing to help you maintain your lifestyle with ease.