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Why Choose Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital for Hemodialysis?

Hemodialysis is an efficacious procedure in cases of kidney insufficiency or failure, capable of replacing the natural kidney function. It helps people go back to their regular life, and function normally. Careful of the comfort of others, Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital also brings its devotion for empathetic medical care to make the entire experience less intrusive and more humane.

All through the procedure patients at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital are constantly monitored by our trained staff, who provide outstanding services and the comfort of professional medical care.

Hemodialysis is a treatment for kidney disease. The kidneys play an essential role in our health by filtering the waste products from our blood and removing the excess fluid. If the kidneys are not working properly, hemodialysis can replace the kidney function and act as an artificial kidney. It helps detoxify and cleanse the blood from toxins, it corrects or restores blood imbalance, and it allows the body to function normally.

Kidney dialysis is used in both acute and chronic cases of kidney disease. In acute cases ranging from a few days to several weeks, hemodialysis is used to purify the blood until the kidney function is restored. In chronic cases, unless a kidney transplant can be performed, dialysis is a definitive treatment.

During this essentially life-saving procedure, the patient is connected to a medical apparatus—the dialyzer—which helps remove the blood from an artery, purifies it and returns it to a vein.

The dialyzer safely controls the blood flow; it separates the toxins from the blood, filtering them through semipermeable membranes.

Hemodialysis is painless, although there might be cases when people feel lightheaded.

Most patients need three sessions a week.

Each cycle usually takes about four hours, depending on the type of dialysis.

During a cycle, people will lie comfortably and they can watch TV, listen to music or even use their cell phones.

Hemodialysis is a standard life-support treatment used in cases of kidney disease, which is available to all patients.

Performed under attentive medical care, it can significantly increase life expectancy for patients suffering from kidney insufficiency or kidney failure.


Successful hemodialysis treatment is dependent on a series of factors, which may impact the patient’s lifestyle such as:

  • a firm commitment to specific schedule, planning, and arrangements
  • patients travel to the dialysis unit three times a week
  • nutritional compliance, i.e. strict diet and drinks
  • control of special vitamins, medicines for blood pressure, calcium and phosphorus

Some risks and complications associated with hemodialysis may include:

  • infection and access-related issues
  • high potassium levels (hyperkalemia)
  • cardiovascular effects
  • low blood pressure (hypotension)
  • blood clots
  • shortness of breath
  • anemia and fatigue
  • nausea
  • bone diseases
  • muscle cramps
  • itchy sensation
  • anxiety

If you want to know more about hemodialysis, we welcome you to contact our staff. Our specialized physicians will take the time to answer in detail to any questions you might have about the benefits and concerns of kidney dialysis and offer you practical advice for a healthier life, including diet or stress management. Call us now at 310.823.8911 and schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience!

Frequently Asked Questions About Hemodialysis

There is a particular preparation routine, patients must go through before they have hemodialysis. Our staff will tell you everything you need to know about it.

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