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Frequently Asked Questions

A dialysis center is a medical facility where patients with kidney failure receive dialysis treatment, which involves the removal of waste and excess fluids from the blood.

Patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) or advanced kidney failure require dialysis treatment to remove waste products from their blood that their kidneys can no longer filter.

The frequency of dialysis treatment depends on the individual patient’s needs and the type of dialysis they receive. Typically, patients receive dialysis treatments three times a week for three to four hours per session.

The two main types of dialysis are hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. Hemodialysis involves using a machine to filter the blood outside of the body, while peritoneal dialysis involves using the lining of the abdominal cavity to filter the blood.

Dialysis treatment is typically covered by Medicare, Medicaid, or private insurance. Patients without insurance may be eligible for financial assistance programs from dialysis centers or non-profit organizations.

During a dialysis treatment session, patients may experience some discomfort as needles are inserted into their arms or abdomen, but the process is generally painless. Patients are monitored by healthcare professionals during the treatment, and may be able to watch TV, read, or sleep.

Patients are usually advised to avoid eating or drinking during dialysis treatment, as it can interfere with the effectiveness of the treatment.

Dialysis treatment carries some risks, including infection, low blood pressure, and muscle cramps. However, these risks are generally well-managed by healthcare professionals and the benefits of treatment outweigh the risks for most patients.

Patients should follow their healthcare provider’s instructions for preparing for dialysis treatment, which may include avoiding certain foods or medications and bringing a list of current medications and allergies.

Patients can ask their healthcare provider for a referral to a dialysis center or search online for dialysis centers in their area.

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