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How does one undertake kidney dialysis done; is it very uncomfortable and do you feel better after a treatment?

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Dr. Jerry Light
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In brief: Peritoneal or hemo

There are 2 types of dialysis: hemodialysis & peritoneal.
Hemodialysis is generally done at a dialysis center 3x/week & requires "access" into the blood stream, a fistula is preferred, it can also be done thru a large catheter (tube) that is placed in a neck vein. After dialysis, one may feel a bit drained. Peritoneal dialysis is done at home through a catheter inserted into the abdominal cavity.

In brief: Peritoneal or hemo

There are 2 types of dialysis: hemodialysis & peritoneal.
Hemodialysis is generally done at a dialysis center 3x/week & requires "access" into the blood stream, a fistula is preferred, it can also be done thru a large catheter (tube) that is placed in a neck vein. After dialysis, one may feel a bit drained. Peritoneal dialysis is done at home through a catheter inserted into the abdominal cavity.
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Dr. Linda Gromko
Ask your nephrologist about the possibility of doing dialysis in your own home. Both hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis can be done at home. You get trained by a special team of nurses in the dialysis center - plus there's always telephone help available. Additionally, you can still go to the center if you need to. My husband and I found this to be the most "user friendly" approach to dialysis. Good luck. LGromkoMD
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