Doing conventional dialysis at home is like going to Agra and seeing this

There are many patients in India who get Home Hemodialysis. However, almost all of them get the conventional twice or thrice weekly sessions for four to five hours. They are doing Home Hemodialysis simply for the convenience of dialysing at home and because they can afford it.

Have you seen the Taj Mahal at Agra? Well, if you haven’t seen it in person, there’s a good chance that you’ve seen it in a picture at least. What if you went to Agra to see the Taj and when you went in, you saw only this?

You would be disappointed, right? No majestic domes, no ornate pillars at the four corners of the platform. Well, the smallish facade looks good. But nothing compared to what could have been, right?

Doing conventional twice or thrice weekly hemodialysis at home is good. You have the flexibility of doing dialysis at home. You don’t need to go to a centre. You can enjoy the comfort of home. However, the true beauty of Home Hemodialysis is realised only when you do more frequent dialysis or longer duration dialysis or even better, both.

That’s when you feel the equivalent of seeing the full Taj Mahal. Like this:

The beauty of Home Hemodialysis is the ability it offers you to get more frequent, longer duration dialysis. You are freed from practically all diet and fluid restrictions. Your blood pressures come back to normal. You don’t need any phosphate binders any more. You don’t even need expensive Erythropoietin injections because your anemia disappears. Your restless legs settle. Your cardiac function improves. You don’t feel washed out after a dialysis session.

It is sad that almost everyone in India who does home hemo does it for all the wrong reasons. they are losing out on so much.


Punita said…
Kamal your persistent take on home hemodialysis and that too frequent long duration, gives a wholesome look to CRD therapy. Hope you continue your crusade and influence more people to follow a tried and tested regimen.

B said…
Hi Kamal, is Nephroplus offering support for Home Hemo set up ?
Kamal D Shah said…
Yes of course. But we don’t have any takers yet.
Sunny said…
what support are you giving for home hemo?? Sunny Uthup here. anjali's brother
Kamal D Shah said…
Hi Sunny, we provide the machine and set up the RO. And we provide a tech who can come and do the session. But we do this only for places that are within a 4 km radius from one of our centres.
Hari said…
Hi Kamal, thank you for doing this great service. My Dad is undergoing dialysis at Citizen hospital in Hyderabad. How can we find more information on home dialysis ? I tried to find information about home dialysis previously at Care hospital and many other places, but couldn’t gather any concrete confident information. He is 74 years, and one of the worry he has hearing from other patients is home dialysis might be risky. Please let me know as how to proceed.
Kamal D Shah said…
Hello Hari. Please send me an email at We can discuss this offline. Thanks.