- Understanding Chronic Kidney Disease
- Kidney Disease Stages
- What Is a Nephrologist?
- What to Expect with CKD
- Kidney Disease Management
- Understanding Acute Kidney Injury
- How Kidneys Work
- Take a FREE CLASS on Kidney Disease
Treatment Options for Kidney Disease
Everyone feels a swirl of conflicting emotions when beginning dialysis. But you may be surprised to find out how many choices you have—ones that can fit into the life you want to live.
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What is dialysis?
Dialysis is a life-extending treatment that removes waste, toxins and excess fluid from blood to help people thrive with end stage renal disease (ESRD).
Surrounded by a caring team during treatment, all centers offer daytime dialysis. But many offer treatment at night, too—a good choice for those who work.
Benefits of home dialysis
Learn why 91% of nephrologists would choose home dialysis for themselves over another dialysis option. Better health outcomes are at the top of the list.
At-home peritoneal dialysis
If you want to travel or work, this option offers the most flexibility—and, of course, there’s no place like home. It can usually be done without care-partner support.
At-home hemodialysis allows you to dialyze on a schedule that’s right for you—whether it’s day or night. Care partner support may be needed.
Considering kidney transplant
A successful kidney transplant is the closest thing to natural kidney function and the best ESRD treatment option whenever possible.
Making a plan
From cost-planning to medications to weather-related emergencies, planning ahead will help you.
What to think about when choosing a dialysis treatment
Most people can choose from any of the dialysis treatments offered. So what will fit your life best? Here are a few things to consider:
How often and how long are treatments?
How flexible does your treatment schedule need to be?
What diet and fluid restrictions may be needed?
What treatment choices are best if you want to travel for work or pleasure?
Where will the access site be placed to perform dialysis, and what will it look like?
What medicines are required?
Impact on Life and Others
How will the treatment process affect your job, activities, family, and care partners?