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Haemodialysis involves a filtering process to remove water and harmful wastes. Blood is pumped through a plastic tubing to a filtering device called a “dialyzer” or “artificial kidney”.

Every haemodialysis will be individualized but generally for an average-sized individual it takes an average of 4 hours per session and 3 treatments a week. You will need to travel to the dialysis centre and there is normally a fixed dialysis schedule for you. However, home haemodialysis is a viable option in certain cases.

Advantages of Haemodialysis

  • Facilities are widely available

  • No dialysis supplies to be kept at home

  • Carried out by trained staff

  • Regular contact with other patients

Disadvantages of Haemodialysis

  • Vascular access surgery required

  • 2 needles inserted at each treatment

  • On restricted diet and fluid intake

  • Time and travelling cost to haemodialysis centre