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why do dialysis treatments take so long?

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Dr. Anthony Cusano
Nephrology and Dialysis 40 years experience
Dialysis time: Your kidneys work 24/7/365 to remove toxins and maintain fluid and mineral balance for your body. We do dialysis over the shortest time possible to get the job done to replace those functions without putting an intolerable strain on the heart, the dialsysis access, or other body systems. If we go too quickly you could have severe low blood pressure or severe symptomatic metabolic disturbances.
Dr. Jerry Light
Vascular Surgery 36 years experience
Not so long: If you think about it, hemodialysis sessions, which last 3 to 4 hours 3 times a week, do not really take that much time. By this i mean that the dialysis machine is able to clean and filter your blood in about a half a days time in a week. This replaces your kidneys which function 24/7 all week. If your kidneys are not functioning, the time on dialysis is well spent.
Dr. Kalyani Perumal
Nephrology and Dialysis 29 years experience
Its important: Each dialysis treatment does the function of kidney-clearing toxins, removing fluids, replacing electrolytes that are low. Think about your kidneys- working 24 hrs/7 days/week- non stop.Now we are trying to do all that function in 3 sessions, max of 4 or more hours 3 days/week. So it may seem long but thats the minimum time you ataleast need to keep yourself healthy.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Where can I find a list of dialysis centers?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Kidney dialysis spot: Your local kidney society will have this information. Any nephrologist will also have the locations and in some cases will be needed for an appropriate referral.
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What should I do if I have a complaint about my dialysis center?

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Dr. Anthony Cusano
Nephrology and Dialysis 40 years experience
Dialysis center issu: The best way to approach a problem with your dialysis center is to ask to speak with the facility administrator. However, if you cannot solve it that way you can ask to speak to the facility owner's management team. If you still have issues, there is the state health department, your area dialysis network. You may want your nephrologist to advocate for you in solving your problem.
A 39-year-old member asked:

How is dialysis performed?

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Dr. David Weinstein
Nephrology and Dialysis 22 years experience
Dialysis: Dialysis can be done through the blood (hemodialysis) or through the abdomen (peritoneal dialysis). Hemodialysis involves passing the blood across and filter to purify it / remove toxins and remove water. Peritoneal dialysis takes advantage of the membrane within the abdomen to act as a filter. In either case toxins are removed from the blood stream.
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A 36-year-old member asked:

How will they connect me to the dialysis machine?

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Dr. Tarek Naguib
Nephrology and Dialysis 40 years experience
Via a line: A catheter place under the collar bone or a line establishe in arm just like the IV line done in hospitals. However a surgeon has to prepare your arm veins prior to that by making a fistula or a graft (vascular access).
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A 40-year-old member asked:

Since starting dialysis, I feel tired all the time. Will this improve over time?

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Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Hopefully: When starting dialysis, there are many things that will make you feel tired. The first thing is adjusting to having fluid removed from your body. Another thing is that you are likely anemic and it will take a few weeks before the medicine administrated at dialysis will improve your blood count. Therefore once your body adjust to these situations, you will likely feel better.

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