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In-Center Hemodialysis

Houston Kidney Specialists Center -  - Nephrology

Nephrology & Internal Medicine located in Cypress and North Houston Area, TX

Nephrology & Internal Medicine & Nephrology located in Willowbrook Office, Houston, TX & Memorial Hermann Cypress, Cypress, TX

Every year, more than 100,000 people in the United States start dialysis to treat end-stage renal disease (ESRD). With four offices located in Houston and Cypress, Texas, Houston Kidney Specialists Center performs in-center hemodialysis. Under the close supervision of the team of nephrology experts, you can expect personalized and comprehensive care during your in-center hemodialysis treatment. To learn more, contact the office nearest to you by phone or schedule an appointment online today.

In-Center Hemodialysis Q & A

What is in-center hemodialysis?

In-center hemodialysis is one of the many services offered at the Houston Kidney Specialists Center. Hemodialysis is a medical treatment that clears toxins from your blood, balances electrolytes, neutralizes acids, and removes excess fluid from your body.

During your in-center hemodialysis, a machine circulates your blood through a dialyzer, a hard, plastic cylinder containing thousands of slender hollow fibers. The machine mixes purified water, electrolytes, and buffers in proportions ordered by your nephrologist at Houston Kidney Specialists Center to meet your body’s specific needs. 

Hemodialysis serves as a replacement for your kidneys when you have kidney failure. It helps you feel better and live longer. 

Who needs in-center hemodialysis?

You need in-center hemodialysis when you have end-stage renal disease (ESRD), which means you’ve lost 85 to 90% of normal kidney function. 

ESRD may develop from underlying long-term kidney disease, such as polycystic kidney disease (PKD), or a chronic disease like high blood pressure or diabetes.  

In most cases, people have chronic kidney disease (CKD) for many years before their kidneys fail. The experts at Houston Kidney Specialists Center provide comprehensive care for people with CKD, which may help prevent ESRD.

What can I expect during in-center hemodialysis?

You can expect compassionate and personalized care during your in-center hemodialysis at Houston Kidney Specialists Center. Before you start your hemodialysis, your nephrologist may order blood work to determine your dialysis treatment’s precise mixture. 

Your hemodialysis specialist then places two needles in your dialysis catheter (dialysis access) in your arm and starts your treatment. As the dialysis machine pumps blood out of your body, it continuously monitors your blood pressure and adjusts blood flow and fluid removal as needed.

Your in-center hemodialysis may take three to four hours. During your treatment, you can read, watch TV, or sleep. 

When completed, your specialist removes the needles from your arm and sends you home. You may feel tired after your in-office hemodialysis treatment.

You need to repeat your in-office hemodialysis treatments three days a week. To meet that need, the Houston Kidney Specialists Center team can help set up a treatment schedule that fits your needs and lifestyle.

To learn more about in-center hemodialysis at Houston Kidney Specialists Center, call the nearest office or book an appointment online today.