Published on June 24th, 2015 | by Michaelw0
Treatment Options for Kidney Patients: Hemodialysis and Peritoneal Dialysis
The two different types of Kidney Dialysis
for patients suffering from end stage kidney disease
As a kidney patient, you may have wondered “if I have to do dialysis, what type of dialysis is the best for me and for my needs?”
Peritoneal Dialysis and Hemodialysis are the two option for kidney patients requiring dialysis.
In this article I will explain how to choose between the two type of dialysis.
In particular, I will put this from the point of view of a patient, who has been in and out from dialysis centres for a certain part of his life. I’ve written about my story in this post and in this one.
What is kidney dialysis?
Kidney dialysis is the method of removing wastes and excess water from the body artificially, when the kidney fails to perform the job. The process is essential for the survival of patients suffering from chronic kidney disease (end stage renal disease).
The other alternative is a kidney transplant and in most cases, dialysis is still used as a support system until the transplant can be performed. In case of patients who would not be able to withstand a transplant, dialysis is the only way of survival.
Why would I need Hemodialysis or Peritoneal Dialysis?
A person may need kidney dialysis for two reasons, either an acute kidney injury or a chronic kidney disease. The later condition develops gradually, over years, so it is fundamental to watch out for symptoms when they first develop.
In any case, it will be your doctor to prescribe dialysis. He also will help you choose the right type of dialysis for you.
However, be informed can always let you make a better choice.
Patients have the option to choose between dialysis center facilities, where they can get their dialysis performed, or they can also get the dialysis done in their own homes.
Hemodialysis and Peritoneal Dialysis
Mainly there are two kinds of kidney dialysis:
- Peritoneal Dialysis
Patients should consult their respective doctors to figure out which method would be more appropriate for them.
Each of these methods holds their own benefit:
In the following posts, I’ll explain in details how Hemodialysis and Peritoneal Dialysis work.
Keep on reading: Part 2