Choosing a Treatment Option When Kidneys Fail

Choosing a dialysis treatment option requires some planning. When your kidneys do not work as fast as they should they may reach a point where they are too weak to keep you healthy or even too weak to keep you alive. There are three basic ways to treat kidney failure: 

  1. Hemo-dialysis (HD) involves passing the blood through a filter in a machine and then returning it back to the patient. 
  2. Peritoneal dialysis (PD) uses the body's own membrane in the abdomen to substitute for the machine 
  3. Transplantation (click here)

Please watch the following videos courtesy of our partners at Davita for more clarification:

Introduction to Peritoneal Dialysis (PD)

Introduction to Hemodialysis (HD)

Bruce's Story: A Davita Home Hemodialysis Patient