Types of Home Dialysis

There are two different daily home hemodialysis options:


Short Daily Dialysis
This type of dialysis is done 3 to 4 hours per treatment, 4 to 5 times per week while you are awake. Short daily dialysis is better than three times a week dialysis because the blood is cleaned and the toxins are removed more regularly. In doing so the fluid gains between dialysis treatments are better controlled. Excessive fluid gain is one of the main reasons for higher mortality rates (death) in dialysis patients.


Nocturnal Home Hemodialysis
This type of dialysis is performed 6 to 8 hours, every other night and up to 5 times or more per week while asleep. Nocturnal home dialysis is more like normal kidney function because it is done for longer periods of time and more often. It is this form of hemodialysis that delivers the greatest toxin and fluid removal.


Peritoneal Dialysis (PD)
PD is a home dialysis treatment that uses the patient’s peritoneum (a membrane) in the abdomen to exchange fluids and dissolve substances from the blood.  Fluid is introduced through a permanent tube in the abdomen and flushed out either every night while the patient sleeps (automatic peritoneal dialysis) or via regular exchanges throughout the day (continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis). PD is used as an alternative to hemodialysis.


These home dialysis modalities offer the highest quality of dialysis and significant improvement in quality of life!