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Hemodialysis can be done at home too! The following are the advantages of doing Hemodialysis at home:
You will need to make an initial investment however. You will need the following:
We will setup everything for your. We will also send a technician who comes home to help you do the treatment.
Unfortunately, home hemodialysis has not caught on too much in India and there are only a handful of people doing hemodialysis at home. However, it is definitely possible and offers a lot of benefits over dialysing at a hospital or a center.
One major benefit of dialysing at home is that you can dialyse more frequently with ease. Research shows that hemodialysis, when done more frequently, over longer durations and more gently (at low pump speeds and ultrafiltration rates) is much better for the body overall in terms of both short term and long term outcomes.
It is hardly practical to go to a hospital or center every day of the week for long hours. This is much easier when done at home. So, this kind of ‘optimal dialysis’ is much more doable if you dialyse at home.
It is extremely important however, to get your doctor’s buy-in before switching to home hemo. This modality, though closest to ideal, may not be suited to you. Talk to your nephrologist about this and get his/her consent before you consider switching.