Kidney Disease Treatment Options

Treatment options for kidney disease include in hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, no treatment and a kidney transplant for people who are eligible due to medical criteria. Unless your damaged kidneys cause infections or high blood pressure or are cancerous, they can remain in your body.

Treatment Options


Before starting dialysis you can manage the health conditions that can cause further kidney damage.


Dialysis treatment options include in-center hemodialysis, home hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis.

Kidney Transplant


Some people may be able to receive a kidney transplant. The new kidney does the work that the two failed kidneys used to do.

Maintenance and Safety

High blood pressure is the second leading cause of kidney failure in the United States after diabetes.

Learn to manage high blood pressure to prevent or slow the progression of kidney disease due to high blood pressure from others who have shared their success stories.

For people on dialysis, extra fluid puts a strain on the heart and circulation. Keeping to your target or dry weight helps control blood pressure, reduce swelling and ease shortness of breath. Here are a few podcasts and articles that explain in more detail target/dry weight or offer tips to keep your liquid intake within your set requirements.

Handling Pets for the dialysis or transplant patient

Someone with kidney disease who is about to undergo home dialysis or a kidney transplant may be told by their doctor to give up their pet. In reality, if you have chronic kidney disease you can keep your pets! You just need to take extra precautions to stay safe and avoid infection.

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