Renal Services Hemodialysis FAQs

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Renal Services "Home"
  -- Site Services And Locations
Physicians And Staff
  -- James McAnally, MD
  -- Joseph McTernan
Hemodialysis Overview
  -- Hemodialysis Vascular Access
  -- Hemodialysis FAQ
End-Stage Renal Disease Overview
  -- End-Stage Renal FAQ
Peritoneal Dialysis Overview
  -- Peritoneal Dialysis FAQ
Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Overview
  -- Chronic Kidney Disease FAQ
THRIVE Program
  -- THRIVE Program Story 1
  -- THRIVE Program Story 2
  -- THRIVE Program Story 3
KEEP Program
-- KEEP Program Events

How long do hemodialysis treatments last?
The time needed for your dialysis depends on how well your kidneys work, how much fluid weight you gain between treatments, how much waste you have in your body, how big you are, and the type of artificial kidney used. Usually, each hemodialysis treatment lasts about three to four hours and is done three times per week.

How safe is hemodialysis?
Hemodialysis has been around since the 1940s and began to be used more readily in 1960s. It is among the most commonly used treatment options for kidney problems today. Thousands of patients have successfully used kidney dialysis to treat kidney failure.

Is hemodialysis uncomfortable?
You may have some discomfort when the needles are put into your fistula or graft, but most patients have no other problems. The dialysis treatment itself is painless.



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