Treatment Options to Fit Many Lifestyles

Treatment Options to Fit Many Lifestyles

Treatment Options to Fit Many Lifestyles

Treatment Options for Kidney Failure

From dialyzing at home or in a center to receiving a kidney transplant, you can find a treatment that best fits your needs when you have end stage renal disease (ESRD).

From dialyzing at home or in a center to receiving a kidney transplant, you can find a treatment that best fits your needs when you have end stage renal disease (ESRD).

Bernard, DaVita patient

Bernard, DaVita patient

Bernard, DaVita patient

Treatment Options to Fit Many Lifestyles

From dialyzing at home or in a center to receiving a kidney transplant, you can find a treatment that best fits your needs when you have end stage renal disease (ESRD).

Dialysis or Kidney Transplant: What’s the Difference?

While dialysis replaces failed renal function, a transplant replaces a diseased kidney. Here’s more on how each works differently.

Dialysis

Dialysis uses a special fluid—dialysate—to carefully pull waste, salt and extra water out of your blood without removing substances your body needs. Dialysis can be done at home or in a center.
TYPES OF DIALYSIS »
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Kidney Transplant

A kidney transplant requires a donated kidney, from either a deceased or a living donor. The donated kidney is placed in the abdomen, separate from the remaining disease kidneys, and restores normal kidney function.
TRANSPLANT BASICS »

Types of Dialysis

  • Peritoneal Dialysis (PD)
  • Home Hemodialysis (HHD)
  • In-Center Hemodialysis
  • In-Center Nocturnal Dialysis
Peritoneal Dialysis (PD)
PD is a needle-free treatment done at home that uses the lining of the abdomen (or belly) to filter waste from the blood. It is the treatment most similar to your natural kidney function.1 Some of the potential benefits of PD include:
  • Control of your own treatment and a more-flexible schedule
  • Greater ability to pursue personal interests
  • Preservation of remaining kidney function, leading to enhanced clinical outcomes
  • Better transplant outcomes2
PD is a needle-free treatment done at home that uses the lining of the abdomen (or belly) to filter waste from the blood. It is the treatment most similar to your natural kidney function.1 Some of the potential benefits of PD include:
  • Control of your own treatment and a more-flexible schedule
  • Greater ability to pursue personal interests
  • Preservation of remaining kidney function, leading to enhanced clinical outcomes
  • Better transplant outcomes2
Home Hemodialysis (HHD)
HHD works just like in-center hemodialysis by using an external filter to clean toxins from your body, only the machine is smaller and more user-friendly. There are many potential benefits to HHD, such as:
  • The ability to dialyze in the comfort of your own home
  • Greater ability to travel
  • Shorter recovery time after treatments2
  • Fewer medications required3
HHD works just like in-center hemodialysis by using an external filter to clean toxins from your body, only the machine is smaller and more user-friendly. There are many potential benefits to HHD, such as:
  • The ability to dialyze in the comfort of your own home
  • Greater ability to travel
  • Shorter recovery time after treatments2
  • Fewer medications required3
In-Center Hemodialysis
In-center hemodialysis is performed in a dialysis center three times per week. It uses a machine to filter your blood and clear toxins from your kidneys. In-center hemodialysis offers several potential benefits, which include:
  • Interaction with your dialysis care team
  • The chance to socialize with other patients and staff
  • No supplies to store at home
In-center hemodialysis is performed in a dialysis center three times per week. It uses a machine to filter your blood and clear toxins from your kidneys. In-center hemodialysis offers several potential benefits, which include:
  • Interaction with your dialysis care team
  • The chance to socialize with other patients and staff
  • No supplies to store at home
In-Center Nocturnal Dialysis
In-center nocturnal dialysis allows you to dialyze in-center overnight three times per week, for 6-8 hours while you sleep. Some potential benefits include:
  • No interference with daytime schedule
  • An improved appetite5
  • Better blood pressure control6
In-center nocturnal dialysis allows you to dialyze in-center overnight three times per week, for 6-8 hours while you sleep. Some potential benefits include:
  • No interference with daytime schedule
  • An improved appetite5
  • Better blood pressure control6

Which dialysis treatment options fit your lifestyle? Use the Treatment Evaluator to help you decide.

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Transplant Basics

  • Transplant Facts
  • Questions to Ask
  • Transplant Journey

  • Common Concerns
Transplant Facts
  • Patients who get a kidney transplant before dialysis live an average of 10 to 15 years longer than if they stayed on dialysis.7
  • In 2018, 14,725 kidneys were donated from deceased donors.8
  • Once you receive a kidney transplant, it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle in order to help your new kidney last as long as possible.
  • DaVita patients are more likely to get a kidney transplant than the average U.S. dialysis patient.9
Questions to Ask
Deciding to get a kidney transplant is a big step. To get started in making an informed decision, ask your doctor a few key questions.
  1. Am I a good transplant candidate?
  2. What can I expect from the evaluation process?
  3. How is a kidney transplant performed?
  4. What should I expect after a kidney transplant?
  5. What are my donor options?
Learn More
Transplant Journey
If you’re considering a kidney transplant, begin by learning what to expect through the transplant journey. Watch this series of videos to help you understand kidney transplant evaluation, process and recovery.
Common Concerns
While your age and health conditions prior to the transplant surgery can affect the risk of complications, there are also common post-transplant concerns, including:
Rejection
Rejection
Rejection
Rejection

Medication will be prescribed to help ensure your body accepts the new kidney.

Functionality
Functionality
Functionality
Functionality

In some cases, the newly transplanted kidney begins working right away, while in others it may require dialysis for a few days before it starts functioning normally.

Organ Lifespan
Organ Lifespan
Organ Lifespan
Organ Lifespan

A living donor kidney functions, on average, 12 to 20 years, and a deceased donor kidney from 8 to 12 years.10 When a transplant fails, a patient may opt for a second transplant or return to dialysis.

Hubert, DaVita patient

TEST YOUR TREATMENT OPTION KNOWLEDGE

Incorrect. By using proper training and hand-washing techniques, infections can be avoided.

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Correct. By using proper training and hand-washing techniques, infections can be avoided.

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TEST YOUR HOME DIALYSIS INSTINCTS

Incorrect.

 21,166 people

 received a kidney 

transplant in 2018.11

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Incorrect.

 21,166 people

 received a kidney 

transplant in 2018.11

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Correct.

 21,166 people

 received a kidney 

transplant in 2018.11

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TEST YOUR HOME DIALYSIS INSTINCTS

Incorrect. You can have pets and dialyze at home. Just keep them away from your treatment area and supplies.

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Correct. You can have pets and dialyze at home. Just keep them away from your treatment area and supplies.

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TEST YOUR HOME DIALYSIS INSTINCTS

Incorrect. The average wait time for a kidney-donor match is

 3.5 years.12

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Correct. The average wait time for a kidney-donor match is

 3.5 years.12

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TEST YOUR HOME DIALYSIS INSTINCTS

Incorrect. Depending on the patient, those who struggle with in-center dialysis routines may do better on home dialysis.

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Correct. Depending on the patient, those who struggle with in-center dialysis routines may do better on home dialysis.

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Testimonials

Hear from DaVita patients and their experiences with home dialysis and kidney transplant.