Ask yourself these questions:
- Do you know what your dialysis options are? Have you attended a treatment options class?
- Have you grown weary of going to an in-center hemodialysis unit 3 days per week?
- Is coordinating transportation to/from a dialysis clinic 3 days a week challenging for you?
- Do you desire more consistent nursing care, and to be followed by only one nephrologist?
- Have any of your other life circumstances changed since you started dialysis?
- Is it time to do dialysis when it is more convenient for you and your family?
- Are you ready for dialysis to be less intrusive during your waking hours?
- Do you experience uncomfortable symptoms with in-center hemodialysis?
Switching From In-Center Hemodialysis to Peritoneal Dialysis
Peritoneal dialysis is a good home modality for patients who want to spend fewer waking hours doing dialysis. It is typically done as an overnight therapy. A care partner is not required during treatment. Prior to starting peritoneal dialysis, you will need a surgical evaluation and outpatient surgical placement of a peritoneal dialysis catheter. With input from your surgeon and your nephrologist, peritoneal dialysis can either begin emergently or you can wait a couple of weeks until your catheter site has healed. Once trained, you will only need to come to the clinic twice a month, once for an nursing visit, and another for your MD and HDT team visit. Are you tired of dealing with hemodialysis access problems, cramps or low blood pressure during treatment, having different people perform your hemodialysis treatment, or going to a clinic 3 times a week? Is peritoneal dialysis right for you? Contact us to schedule a 1-on-1 dialysis treatment options class. Make the treatment choice that is best for you and your family.
Switching from In-Center Hemodialysis to Home Hemodialysis
Hemodialysis, in general, may be a good treatment option for you. With a care partner, you can do hemodialysis in the comfort and convenience of your own home. You and your care partner will go through the home hemodialysis training together. Once trained, you will only need to come to the clinic twice a month, once for a nursing visit and another for your MD and HDT team visit. Needle placement by you or your care partner will be more consistent, which may give your graft or fistula a longer life. Home hemodialysis can also be done with a tunneled hemodialysis catheter. Doing more frequent home hemodialysis, at a slower rate, will generally make you feel better than you do on in-center hemodialysis. For our patients who do home hemodialysis, they rave about how much better they feel compared to in-center hemodialysis. Do you now have a better idea of what dialysis entails and wonder if you can master it at home? Are you tired of dealing with cramps or low blood pressure during treatment, having different people perform your hemodialysis treatment, or going to a clinic 3 times a week? Is home hemodialysis right for you?
Contact us to explore whether peritoneal dialysis or home hemodialysis may be a better treatment option for you, your loved one, and/or your family.