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In-Center Nocturnal Dialysis

In-center dialysisWhen patients are first diagnosed with kidney failure, most are treated with in-center hemodialysis, which usually means 4 hours at a clinic, 3 days a week during the day. For some, this time commitment to dialysis treatment can make it hard to keep a normal, active schedule and balance work, school, hobbies or family.

In-center nocturnal hemodialysis allows patients to be treated in the clinic at night, while sleeping or resting.

How In-Center Nocturnal Dialysis Works

Fresenius Medical Care’s in-center nocturnal hemodialysis treatment takes place for an average of 8 hours a night, 3 times a week at the dialysis facility. Dialysis professionals monitor you throughout the night while you sleep.

While traditional hemodialysis provides effective treatment, nocturnal hemodialysis offers a longer, slower treatment for patients who need additional time to remove fluids. In-center nocturnal dialysis is administered more gradually, so that removal of toxins and excess fluids more closely mimics normal kidney function.

“Nocturnal dialysis has changed my life, because I feel better and have more energy. It gives me more energy overall to fish, hunt and travel.”

–Hilton Mitchell, 72, Kittery, ME

Read more about Hilton Mitchell's experience with nocturnal dialysis here.

Many in-center nocturnal dialysis patients have experienced:

    • Increased energy levels
    • Improvement in quality of sleep
    • Better appetites and more freedom with their diets
    • Feeling better overall

“In-center nocturnal dialysis is a viable alternative to standard in-center dialysis for patients who require greater fluid and phosphorus removal and who are amenable to spending 3 nights a week in the dialysis facility.”

–Dr. Eduardo Lacson, Jr., FMCNA’s vice president for clinical science, epidemiology and research

“With nocturnal dialysis, I’ve reduced my blood pressure medications from three to only one. Now when I get home, I can run up the stairs, instead of walk! This is as close to normal I’ve felt since starting dialysis.”
Read Bryan’s story.

–Bryan Jones, 43, Biloxi, MS

Learn More About In-Center Nocturnal Dialysis

If you are interested in learning more about in-center nocturnal dialysis, talk to your doctor or your Fresenius Medical Care team. Your doctor will need to prescribe this new treatment.

In-center nocturnal hemodialysis is an increasingly popular treatment choice, and Fresenius Medical Care offers it in more than 140 locations nationwide, including most metro areas.

If this option is not immediately available at your clinic, ask your doctor or clinical manager if there’s a nocturnal program nearby, or if your clinic may be willing to start a new program.