At Allegheny Health Network (AHN), many patients have the option of getting dialysis at home. With home dialysis, you give yourself treatments at times that are best for you. And we give you the support you need to feel confident while receiving dialysis at home.
Dialysis takes over the work of your kidneys when they are no longer able to filter your blood.
If you receive treatment in a dialysis center: A nurse connects you to the dialysis machine and takes care of the necessary supplies. In-center treatment typically lasts four hours, and you go three times per week.
If you receive dialysis at home: You connect yourself to the dialysis machine and manage the supplies. You may need a loved one to help you. Treatments may be shorter or longer than in-center dialysis. But you have the flexibility to receive them when the time is right for you. Many people are able to get back to their daily lives, including working, traveling, and going to school.
Kidney physicians (nephrologists) at AHN help more people receive dialysis at home. Our patients consistently have good experiences with home dialysis due to our personalized approach. We also take time to explain how it works so you can decide whether this treatment is right for you.
Highlights of our program include:
We can help you decide if home dialysis is right for you. We also offer classes to teach you everything you need to know about home dialysis.
You may wish to receive home dialysis if you:
When you choose to do dialysis at home, you have many options. Our physicians explain the benefits of each one so you can select the best option for you.
Home dialysis options include: