Home Dialysis Choices
There are 2 at-home dialysis options to consider:
At-home peritoneal dialysis (PD)
Your blood is filtered naturally using many tiny blood vessels in the lining of your abdomen—also called the peritoneum.
- There are no needles and your blood never leaves your body.
- You can do PD on your own, without assistance.
- PD may help preserve residual kidney function.
- You can do PD almost anywhere—at work, at home and while traveling.
- PD also gives you all the benefits listed for at-home HD.
At-home hemodialysis (HD)
You are connected to an artificial kidney (dialyzer) via a needle in your access site.
- You may be able to do at-home HD on your own, without assistance.
- You can choose how to time your treatments, so you have more flexibility for social activities, work, hobbies or school.
- You save travel time and transportation costs.
- You may have more freedom with your diet if you're prescribed more frequent treatments.
- A nurse is available 24/7 by phone if you need assistance.
Dialysis treatment should fit in with your life—not the other way around
Talk to your nephrologist about which dialysis option best fits your lifestyle and your priorities. You may want to discuss things like:
- Daily schedule
- Travel habits
- Other health conditions
- Work or school obligations
- Care partner availability
- Social life and activities
WHEN EXPERTS WERE ASKED
93% of nephrologists would choose at-home dialysis
89%of nurses would choose at-home dialysis
Source: Nephrology News and Issues, September 2010.