Treatment options for patients whose kidneys no longer function enough for them to live without renal therapy intervention are dialysis and kidney transplantation. Dialysis and transplantation are treatments used to replace lost kidney function. A successful transplant can help return you to a state of good health. A transplant is a treatment, however, not a cure.
There are two kinds of dialysis—Hemodialysis and Peritoneal Dialysis. Dialysis does some of the things a normal kidney does, such as: removes extra water from the body and removes the waste products that have built up in the blood. Hemodialysis is usually done in a dialysis center, however there are some patients who use this therapy at home. Nurses and technicians do your dialysis treatment. Peritoneal Dialysis is always done as a home therapy. This treatment is for patients who want to be more independent. You do your peritoneal dialysis at home and/or at work. You will see your doctor and nurse monthly.
To learn more about each treatment option, click on Hemodialysis, then Peritoneal Dialysis, and then on Transplant.
Treatment Options for End Stage Renal Disease
Things to think about in considering your treatment option.
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What is End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD)?
Why Do Kidneys Stop Working?
What Do Normal Kidneys Do?
What Happens When Kidneys Fail?
What are Some Signs of Kidney Failure?
What Can be Done if my Kidneys Fail?
What About a Transplant?
What are my Dialysis Treatment Options?
How is Hemodialysis Done?
Home Hemodialysis Treatments
Things to Consider About Hemodialysis
Peritoneal Dialysis (PD)
Peritoneal Dialysis Access
How is PD Done?
Things to Consider About Peritoneal Dialysis
How Will I Learn to do Dialysis at Home?
How Can I take Care of Myself?
Your Healthcare Team
The Choice is Yours
Potential Benefits of Nocturnal Hemodialysis