Dialysis Treatment Options

Helping You Feel Your Best and Live the Best Life Possible

Choosing a dialysis treatment option is something you do with your doctor and extended healthcare team. Which option is right for you? That depends on your medical needs and what kind of lifestyle you want to have on dialysis.

Your Treatment Options

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Transplant

Transplantation is the surgical placement of a donated, healthy kidney into your body. A successful transplant does not cure kidney failure, but frees you from regular dialysis treatments.

Dialysis

Dialysis treatments remove waste and fluid from your body. The main types of dialysis are Hemodialysis (HD) and Peritoneal Dialysis (PD)

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Some choose not to begin or continue dialysis when their kidneys fail. If you chose to stop dialysis, you should discuss your feelings with your family, doctor and other dialysis professionals. The amount of time anyone lives after stopping dialysis varies depending on how much kidney function is left.

Types of Dialysis

Home Hemodialysis (HHD)

Hemodialysis removes body waste and extra fluid directly from the blood using an artificial kidney machine called a dialyzer. Blood is pumped from your body through a special needle inserted into a dialysis access, a permanent connection to the bloodstream surgically created for dialysis.

Many patients who have help at home choose home hemodialysis (HHD) for greater schedule flexibility and the comfort of being treated at home. For this treatment option, Satellite WellBound teams thoroughly train you and your care giver to make sure you are comfortable managing your treatment at home.

"Since beginning home hemo dialysis I feel more energized, have higher self-esteem, have gone off blood pressure medication, and am better able to provide for my family."

Peritoneal Dialysis (PD)

Peritoneal dialysis is a widely used home dialysis treatment, after in-depth training and practice with a certified Satellite WellBound dialysis nurse. Fluid is introduced into the abdomen through a permanent tube. The fluid collects toxins and excess fluid from the body and is then flushed out the tube.

The two types of peritoneal dialysis are Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis (CAPD) and Continuous Cyclic Peritoneal Dialysis (CCPD).

"Now that we know about home dialysis, you can live more of a normal life. We can travel. We like cruising. You’re not restricted."

Nocturnal Hemodialysis (Nocturnal HD)

Hemodialysis removes body waste and extra fluid directly from the blood using an artificial kidney machine called a dialyzer. Blood is pumped from your body through a special needle inserted into a dialysis access, a permanent connection to the bloodstream surgically created for dialysis.

Patients receive nocturnal hemodialysis 3 nights per week and receive treatment from trained professionals in a Satellite Healthcare dialysis center. Instead of the traditional 3 hours of dialysis patients receive during the day, nocturnal patients receive treatment for 8 hours while they sleep.

The longer, gentler treatment is well tolerated and patient recovery time is very fast.

"Nocturnal dialysis gives you control of your lifestyle. For me, it means I don’t have to miss work."

Hemodialysis (HD)

Hemodialysis removes body waste and extra fluid directly from the blood using an artificial kidney machine called a dialyzer. Blood is pumped from your body through a special needle inserted into a dialysis access, a permanent connection to the bloodstream surgically created for dialysis.

Some patients choose to come into a Satellite Healthcare dialysis center several times a week to receive hemodialysis from professional Satellite Healthcare dialysis caregivers. The usual HD treatment takes 3 to 4 hours, 3 times per week. Treatment times and frequency vary from patient to patient.

"Satellite’s center dialysis keeps me alive and enables me to enjoy my family and our extended family, which is the staff here. I love the surrounding patients that sit by me."

You, along with your doctor and the rest of your healthcare team, will decide which therapy is best for you. The decision will be based on your medical needs, physical needs and lifestyle. You may use several different modalities during the years that you require renal replacement therapy. Choosing one therapy does not prevent you from changing to another if your lifestyle or situation changes.