One of the most important steps in taking care of your health is to know your options. If you go on dialysis there are various types of dialysis you can do, depending on your lifestyle and overall health:
In hemodialysis, your blood flows through a special filter that removes wastes and extra fluids. The clean blood is then returned to your body. Removing the harmful wastes and extra salt and fluids helps control your blood pressure and keep the proper balance of chemicals like potassium and sodium in your body.
One of the biggest adjustments you must make when you start hemodialysis treatments is following a strict schedule. Most patients go to a clinic-a dialysis center a minimum of three times a week for 3 to 5 or more hours each visit.
Shorter daily sessions or longer sessions performed overnight while you sleep are more effective in removing wastes.
- In Center-hemodialysis
- Home hemodialysis (at home with the direction of a local dialysis center.)
- Nocturnal dialysis (done in center and at home)
- In-Center self-care dialysis
Learn More About Hemodialysis:
Overview of Hemodialysis
- CCPD – Continuous Cycling Peritoneal Dialysis, is a an automated method of Dialysis which runs while you are sleeping. 8-12 liters of fluid will be exchanged during the course of a 8-10 hours sleep. You will also need to be monitored frequently by nurses and clinics due to the strict rules and guidelines which need to be met.
- CAPD – Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis, which cleans your body during the day. You will need to exchange the fluids every few hours, which can take 40 minutes per session (usually 4 times a day).
Learn More About Peritoneal Dialysis:
Peritoneal Dialysis: What it is. How it works.
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Kidney transplants are another form of treatment for kidney failure, it’s not a cure. After receiving a transplant you will still need to take care of yourself and take medications for life. You receive a kidney either from a deceased donor from the list, or from a person who is willing to donate to you. Ask your doctor if you are a candidate for a kidney transplant. (More kidney transplantation information)
No Treatment is an Option
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You have the right to decide not to start dialysis if you feel that the burden would outweigh the benefits and reduce your quality of life. You need to discuss the issue thoroughly with your healthcare team, friends and family.