Dialysis Treatment: Embracing a New Normal

Everyone feels a swirl of conflicting emotions when beginning dialysis. But you may be surprised to find out how many choices you have—ones that can fit into the life you want to live.

In Center Hemodialysis

In-center hemodialysis 

Surrounded by a caring team during treatment, all centers offer daytime dialysis. But many offer treatment at night, too—a good choice for those who work.
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in-center HD
dialysis at home benefits

Benefits of home dialysis

Learn why 93% of nephrologists would choose home dialysis for themselves over another dialysis option. Better health outcomes are at the top of the list.
Home Peritoneal Dialysis

At-home peritoneal dialysis 

If you want to travel or work, this option offers the most flexibility—and, of course, there’s no place like home. It can usually be done without care-partner support.
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at-home PD
Home Dialysis

At-home hemodialysis 

At-home hemodialysis requires a care partner to be with you and allows you to dialyze on a schedule that's right for you—whether it's day or night.
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at-home HD
other kidney failure treatment options

Other options

Non-dialysis choices include getting a transplant or deciding to do supportive care only.

non-dialysis choices
making a plan for dialysis

Making a plan

From cost-planning to medications to weather-related emergencies, planning ahead will help you.

Be prepared
kidney care class

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home dialysis treatment information

At-home treatment information request

Learn more about dialysis in the comfort of your home.

What to think about when choosing a dialysis treatment

Most people can choose from any of the dialysis treatments offered. So what will fit your life best? Here are a few things to consider:

dialysis treatment time and frequency

Treatment Frequency/Length

How often—and how long—are treatments?
convenience of dialysis


How flexible does your treatment schedule need to be?
diet considerations for dialysis

Diet/Fluid Intake

What diet and fluid restrictions may be needed?
travel considerations for dialysis


What treatment choices are best if you want to travel for work or pleasure?
dialysis access considerations


Where will the access site be placed to perform dialysis, and what will it look like? 
medication considerations for dialysis


What medicines are required?
impact on life when on dialysis

Impact on Life and Others

How will the treatment process affect your job, activities, family, and care partners?