Treating Kidney Disease
If you are diagnosed with kidney failure, your doctor will help you find the best treatment option. The goal of treatment is to replace your lost kidney function so you stay healthy and continue to live your life. Dialysis is the most common treatment, which can be done at home or an in-center dialysis treatment facility.
What Is Dialysis?
If you’re on dialysis, your kidneys have failed. When they fail, wastes and excess fluid build up in your blood and make you feel sick. Dialysis takes out some of these, so you can live.
This method of dialysis treatment does not require a dialyzer (artificial kidney). Instead, a membrane in your own body (the peritoneum, which lines the wall of your abdomen) is used.
Some patients choose home dialysis treatment as the best fit for their lifestyle. You have the continuing support of your team of healthcare professionals, including a 24-hour phone line for help.
In-center hemodialysis filters your blood through dialyzer or artificial kidney, with the help of a dialysis machine that acts as a pump. This dialysis treatment is most often performed by nurses and technicians in a dialysis center.
A kidney transplant is a major surgical procedure that places a kidney from another person into your lower abdomen. Though not for everyone, if you are in good general and emotional health and have financial resources, then it could be the right treatment option for you.
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