Do you know about the treatment choices that may be available to you and what to plan for? This section can help you explore treatment options that you can then discuss with your kidney care team.
Know Your Choices
There are several treatment choices for you to think about. Whether you are new to dialysis or it has been your treatment choice for some time, you can always ask about changing to another type of dialysis or talk with your kidney care team about a kidney transplant. Click on the links below to learn more about your treatment choices.
- “Kidney Failure: What are my treatment choices?” provides an overview of your treatment choices.
- “Consider Your Dialysis Choices: Choosing the right option for you! (Updated 06/2016)” helps you to learn more about your dialysis options so that you can choose the treatment that is best for you.
- “Know the Facts About Home Dialysis Choices” provides information about your choices for home therapy and important things to consider.
- When you find out your kidneys are failing, you may wonder if a kidney transplant is right for you. Read “Get the Facts: Kidney Transplantation“, to learn more about this treatment choice.
Browse through “Your Life Your Choice: Transplant Stories“ This booklet contains real-life stories of kidney transplant recipients and donors, as told in their own words. The stories were created as a way to share positive perspectives on kidney transplant as a treatment choice. The booklet does not provide medical advice or information, but rather a first-hand narrative from the patient’s perspective.
“Is a Kidney Transplant Right for Me? Your Guide to the Transplant Process“, takes you step by step through what is involved in getting a kidney transplant. It provides answers to questions about being evaluated for transplant, the transplant team, the surgery, what happens after surgery, and more.
- Hemodialysis cleans your blood through a vascular access which can be a fistula, graft or catheter. If you have kidney failure, one of these will be your LIFELINE to treatment! Click here to learn more about the three different types of lifelines, and talk with your doctor to decide which is best for you.
If you and your care team decide that hemodialysis is the best choice for you, you may want to use this “Be Prepared Hemodialysis Checklist,” to help you take an active role in having safe treatments.
If you and your care team choose a fistula as your access type, there are simple Do’s and Don’ts of how to keep your lifeline healthy. Click here to learn how!
Who will need a Vascular Access?
If you and your kidney care team decide that hemodialysis is the best choice for you, you will need to have a vascular access created. This is important because an access is your lifeline for a lifetime. Click on the links below to learn more about getting a vascular access.
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