Dialysis Treatment Options
Dialysis is a treatment that replaces some of the work normally done by the kidneys. This includes balancing fluid, balancing electrolytes and removing waste products from your blood. Several dialysis treatment options are available for people with advanced chronic kidney failure, also called end stage renal disease (ESRD) or Stage 5 Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD).
Peritoneal dialysis is a type of dialysis that uses your peritoneal membrane as a filter to clean your blood. The peritoneal membrane is a natural filter that surrounds your abdominal cavity. With this type of dialysis, sterile dialysis solution enters your abdominal cavity via a peritoneal catheter. Waste products and extra fluid collect in this fluid and then are discarded. The types of peritoneal dialysis are listed below:
Hemodialysis is a type of dialysis that cleans your blood using an artificial filter on a dialysis machine. A small amount of your blood leaves your body and runs through the filter on the dialysis machine, is cleaned, and then returned to your body.
Resource: “Help, I Need Dialysis!”
How to Have a Good Future with Kidney Disease
by DORI SCHATELL, MS and DR. JOHN AGAR
Feel like you have more questions now than answers? Don’t worry! The nurses at HDT can answer your questions and provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision about what is right for you. Remember, the choice is yours. Contact us for a free, 1-on-1 consultation with a nurse who can help you explore your dialysis options and make the decision that is best for you.