Nearly a quarter million people are on dialysis in the U.S., so it's not unusual to find dialysis centers packed with people who need to be tied to that machine four hours a day, three times a week.
But now there's a way for patients to clean their blood at home on their own schedule. It's a machine called the NxStage, since it can be plugged into any standard outlet and it's portable.
"This machine was designed for consumers, for patients there are almost no medical machines designed for patients they're almost all designed for nurses and doctors," said Jim Hillibish, who needs dialysis 3 times a week.
But the Nxstage is not an easy option for every patient, because it takes about 3 weeks of training to learn how to use this home alternative. But for those who can do it the rewards are great.
The Nxstage is FDA approved.