Hemodialysis (also called hemo)
is a treatment for kidney failure. It is a way to clean waste and fluid from your blood when your kidneys have stopped working.
Hemodialysis uses a machine to clean your blood. During treatment, your blood travels from your body, through the dialysis machine, and back to your body. While it is in the machine, your blood goes through a special filter (called a dialyzer), which removes waste and fluid.
In-center hemodialysis is the most common treatment for kidney failure. This is done at a dialysis center. Most people who do in-center hemodialysis will have three treatments per week, with each treatment lasting about three to five hours. If you choose to do in-center hemodialysis, you will work with your dialysis center to schedule appointments.