On Davita.com “From dialyzing at home, getting treated at a center or receiving a kidney transplant, there is an option that’s right for you.”
The two main types of dialysis are:
- Peritoneal Dialysis (PD). PD is usually performed at home. I personally do not know much about PD, but you can learn more here
- Hemodialysis (HD). In HD, you are hooked up to a machine that filters your blood to remove toxins and extra fluid
- In-Center Hemodialysis: Done in a controlled environment, usually done three days a week for 4 hours a session. It is scheduled the same time every session and either Monday, Wednesday and Friday or Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. I found that most of the centers have only open spots for the Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I did learn a lot from the techs and nurses. If you are a social person, you can talk to other patients. I found that every time that I came home from the center, I would be dizzy and completely drained.
- In-Center Nocturnal Hemodialysis: Very similar to in-center, but done while you sleep and the sessions are longer, 6 – 8 hours. Personally, I have never used this option. But it is suppose to be better on your body, because it is being done at a slower rate.
- Home Hemodialysis (HHD): Just as it states, doing your treatments at home, which takes some training and planning. I love the freedom of doing it at home! My care partner is my husband and we usually work around our schedules. The machine we use is made by NxStage and it is very user friendly. There are other types of machines that are for home use, I think Fresnius also has a home machine.
Of course, there is kidney transplant option, if you are lucky and have someone willing to donate a kidney to you. Or get on a transplant list, check with your social worker about applying for the kidney transplant list.