Hemodialysis removes wastes and excess fluid outside your body. During a hemodialysis treatment, blood is removed from your body and pumped by a machine through a dialyzer. The dialyzer is the semipermeable membrane that cleans your blood.
Home hemodialysis is another way to do hemodialysis. It frees you from the dialysis center schedule, but it requires a strong commitment from a partner who must be present during all dialysis treatments. You will need to have a machine and supplies in your home.
This is the most commonly used method to treat kidney failure in approximately 90% of U.S. patients whose kidneys are no longer able to work. Patients receiving this treatment use a machine and artificial kidney to remove toxins and water from the patient’s blood.
Home dialysis has now become a practical reality for many patients. Kidney and Hypertension Specialists’ patients use the NxStage System for the daily home hemodialysis program. Our patients’ partners have been able to learn to dialyze with the NxStage System generally taking 3-4 weeks.
The System One is the first truly portable hemodialysis system cleared by the FDA for home use.
• System One allows for flexible therapy options at home or on the road
• System One is highly user friendly with simple, intuitive controls that enhance the ease of use and care giver training
• No significant plumbing or electrical modifications are needed
• Control your dialysis schedule, with added flexibility over when you dialyze
• No travel to a clinic for treatments
• Be involved in your own care
• Same person always helps you perform treatment
• Cleans blood 5-6 times during the week, which is more like your natural kidney
• Less restricted dialysis diet
• May require fewer medications
• Patients typically have more energy and feel better between and following treatments
• Must have a trained partner to help you
• Training may take four weeks or more
• Permanent access to your blood required, typically in your arm
• Runs some risk of infection
• Need space in home for supplies and equipment
• Need to schedule treatments into daily routine
• Insertion of two needs for each treatment