In-Center Hemodialysis

In-center hemodialysis is the most common type of dialysis. Patients visit a center to receive treatment. Some centers even offer nocturnal dialysis, which is done at night while you are sleeping.    Hemodialysis, whether In-center Hemodialysis or Home Hemodialysis, involves accessing the bloodstream through a surgically-prepared access site that allows blood to pass through a special filter of a dialysis machine, be cleansed and return to your body. There are two access options:  
  • Fistula. This surgical procedure connects your artery and vein, usually in your forearm. This method is often the best kind of access because your own tissue is used, which means a lower chance of infection and clotting.
  • Graft. This option uses a tube to connect your artery and vein under the skin. A graft might require additional maintenance or repair, but can last for several years.

Time Commitment

3 treatments each week. Each treatment lasts 3–4 hours.   


Treatments are administered by well-trained medical professionals and highly- skilled technicians.    Dialysis Centers typically have three different treatment shifts.    Dietitians and social workers are available to help you meet your physical and emotional needs while on In-center Hemodialysis.    While you dialyze during In-center Hemodialysis, you are free to enjoy activities such as reading, listening to music or browsing the Internet.    You can socialize with other dialysis patients.   


It requires you to travel to and from a dialysis center three times a week on a fixed schedule.    Two needles will need to be inserted by staff for every treatment.    There are diet restrictions you have to follow.      For more information regarding In-center Hemodialysis, please call United Dialysis Center at (754) 307-1536.