Hemodialysis is a medical procedure performed to treat advanced kidney failure. The abnormal functioning of the kidney can lead to an abnormal buildup of the waste products and fluid in the blood. In such cases, a dialysis machine is used to filter waste products from the blood and restore normal constituents to it.
Preparation for the procedure
- Despite the advancements in procedure and equipment, hemodialysis is still a complicated therapy that needs the coordinated working of the health care team, patient, and their family.
- The patient needs to undergo a procedure to create a temporary or permanent “access,” a special way of accessing the blood in the blood vessels, several weeks to months before actual hemodialysis begins.