Dr Venkatesh Rajkumar MD, DM is the Home Haemodialysis expert doctor in chennai and specialist in Apollo Hospital.
Hemodialysis is a treatment that replaces the work of your own kidneys to clear wastes and extra fluid from your blood. This is done using a special filter called a dialyzer or artificial kidney. Your blood travels through plastic tubing to the dialyzer, where it is cleaned and then returned to you. At the beginning of each treatment, two needles are placed into your access. These needles are connected to the plastic tubing that carries your blood to the dialyzer. Only a small amount of blood is out of your body at any one time. The dialysis machine pumps your blood through the dialysis system and controls the treatment time, temperature, fluid removal and pressure.
This basic process is the same for home hemodialysis, except that you and a care partner are trained to do your treatment at home.