In-center Hemodialysis (HD) Schedule

Most people on in-center HD receive 3 treatments per week. Usually, people do in-center HD either on a Monday/Wednesday/Friday schedule or a Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday schedule. In most cases, each dialysis treatment lasts for about 3-5 hours.

Here is an example of a typical in-center HD schedule:

Peritoneal Dialysis Journey

Most HD centers have different shifts starting early in the morning, mid-day, and mid-afternoon. Some centers also have an evening or night shift. If you choose HD, let your health care team know what shift would be best for you. Although it may not always be possible, they will do all they can to accommodate your needs, so that dialysis can fit to your schedule.

Health Tip   Health Tip
  • To enjoy your time while dialyzing, you might consider listening to music or reading. In many dialysis units, televisions are also available.

Peritoneal dialysis (PD) Schedule

PD is done every day. The process of draining and filling fluid from the belly is called PD exchange.

In continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD), an exchange is usually done 3 to 4 times each day, every 4 to 6 hours. Each exchange takes about 30 minutes. Usually, the dialysate fluid is also put into the belly at night and drained out in the morning.

Here is an example of a typical CAPD schedule:

Peritoneal Dialysis Journey

Automated Peritoneal Dialysis (APD) is done at night while the person sleeps, usually for 8 to 12 hours. In the morning, dialysate fluid is often left in the belly for the entire day.

Here is an example of a typical APD schedule:

Peritoneal Dialysis Journey

Experiences & StoriesI like the idea that I'm cleaning my body of wastes and toxins every day on Peritoneal Dialysis. I never felt too wiped out because of that.

Here is a comparison of in-center HD and PD:


In-center Hemodialysis (HD)

Peritoneal Dialysis (PD)

How often is it done?

Typically 3 times per week

Every day

How long does it take?

Typically 3-5 hours

CAPD is usually done 3 to 4 times each day. Each exchange takes about 30 minutes. APD is done while the person sleeps, usually for 8 to 12 hours.

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