treatment options


Kidney failure is treated either with dialysis or transplantation. There are several types of dialysis. Your dialysis facility should talk to you about the types of therapy that can do the work your kidneys used to do.  Your treatment options include:
  • Hemodialysis (HD)
  • Peritoneal Dialysis (PD)
  • Kidney Transplant
Each type is different and each requires certain changes in your life. Not all treatment options are suitable for every patient because of his/her disease, physical or emotional condition, family situation, or lifestyle needs.
 
Hemodialysis Is a process of cleaning/purifying the blood of a person whose kidneys are not working normally by removing waste products such as creatinine, urea, and excess water from their blood via .  Hemodialysis may be performed in both in-patient or out-patient settings.
Peritoneal Dialysis Is the process of cleaning/purifying the blood of a person whose kideys are not working normally  by removing waste products such as creatinine, urea, and excess water from their blood via a permanent tube located in the patients' abdomen.  The process fills the abdomen and flushes the abdomen either every night while the patient sleeps (automatic peritoneal dialysis) or via regular exchanges throughout the day (continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis).
Transplantation
Is the process of removing a kidney or portion of a kidney from a donor and placing within a person whose kidney are not working normally.  The process is classified as either Living Donor or Cadaveric Donor, depending on donors' status. 
No Treatment You have the right to stop dialysis or not start dialysis at all. Talk with your family and kdiney care team about your wishes.


Resources

   
QIRN5's Home Dialysis Simulation Training Program

ESRD NCC's “11 Things to Get Ready for a Kidney Transplant” video

Home Dialysis Central is a comprehensive website all about home options, including a comparison chart, a home clinic finder, patient stories and videos, and frequently asked questions.

In-Center Hemodialysis Myths Busted is a booklet that explains common misconceptions about hemodialysis. 

My Life, My Dialysis Choice is an interactive tool that helps match you to the right treatment so you can feel your best and live the way you want.

Uncovering Myths about Home Dialysis is a booklet prepared by the ESRD National Coordinating Center (NCC) identifying common myths about hemodialysis. 

Why Transplant is a Good Idea for Me is a flyer that addresses patients' common concerns and fears about transplant. 

Coalition for Supportive Care of Kidney Patients provides information on advance care planning and supportive care from diagnosis through the end of life.