Treatment Options

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Introduction

There are various options when it comes to treating kidney disease. With the help of your doctor, you can zero in on more than one treatment plan that best fits your everyday needs. From dialyzing at home, getting treated at a center or receiving a kidney transplant, there is an option that’s right for you. There are multiple factors which need to be considered while choosing a treatment option including the physical condition of the patient, their affordability, their mobility, their lifestyle and last but not the least the suggestion of the patient’s treating nephrologist.

In-Center Dialysis

In-center hemodialysis is for people who prefer their treatments at a dialysis center. During in-center dialysis trained technicians are with you at all times. The usual schedule for in-center hemodialysis is three times a week, for about three to four hours per treatment, plus travel time to and from the center. Some people prefer to go to a dialysis center for treatment because:

  • Treatment is administered by trained kidney care professionals
  • They enjoy interactions with fellow dialysis patients and staff
  • Dialysis is only three times a week, leaving the rest of the week free
  • Receive your care in one of our clean, friendly dialysis centers
  • Your treatments will be provided by our certified caregivers

After talking with your nephrologist, you may determine that in-center hemodialysis is right for your lifestyle.
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Home Hemodialysis (HHD)

Home Hemodialysis (HHD) is designed to ensure a smooth and hassle-free dialysis experience. There are multiple benefits of getting dialysis done from the comfort of home. It improves patient’s quality of life as well as their clinical outcomes. Some reported outcomes of Home Hemodialysis (HHD) include better weight control, anemia, adequacy, albumin well within acceptable ranges, and well-maintained nutrition levels. Some people prefer Home Hemodialysis for treatment because:

  • You can dialyze in the comfort of your own home
  • You can dialyze for shorter treatment times if you do short daily HHD
  • Dialyzing at home allows you to maintain an active lifestyle, at work, at school or in your travels
  • You’ll save time by not traveling to a dialysis center three day a week

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Acute Care Services

Acute care services are aimed at healing kidney injuries caused by sudden drop of blood flow to the kidneys due to various factors including injury, sepsis and prostrate enlargement. Our acute care centers are well-equipped to provide comprehensive support including ICU support to patients with kidney injuries. Our expert team of nephrologists at each center are skilled to perform multiple minimal invasive surgeries for conditions such as kidney stone and ureteric calcium.
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Peritoneal Dialysis

Peritoneal dialysis (PD) has been a widely accepted method of treating end stage renal disease (ESRD) since the 1980s, and it is now the most common method of home dialysis. PD offers more flexibility by allowing patients to dialyze at home, at work or on vacation.

Continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD) : With CAPD, the patient manually performs his or her exchanges. Exchanges, which take approximately 30 minutes, are performed four times during the day by placing a bag of dialysate fluid on an IV pole or coat rack. Gravity then makes the filling and draining process possible. This form of PD can even be performed while the patient is at work, if he or she has a sterile environment to perform the exchanges.

Automated peritoneal dialysis (APD) : Automated peritoneal dialysis (APD), commonly referred to as continuous cycling peritoneal dialysis (CCPD), requires a cycler machine to automate the filling and draining process. Most patients choose APD because it allows most of their dialysis to be performed while they sleep. Every patient is different, and doctors and PD nurses will help patients decide which PD treatment regimen is best for them.

Kidney Transplant

Transplant is a treatment option when your kidneys stop functioning. Transplanted kidneys can come from living or deceased donors. Having a living donor is the fastest way to get a transplant. After a transplant, you will need daily medication to suppress your immune system. You can be placed on the kidney transplant list or find a living donor before you start dialysis.

If you’re nearing the need for dialysis or are currently undergoing dialysis treatment and would like to explore getting a transplant, start the discussion with your nephrologist. Your doctor will discuss the transplant process with you. Patient needs vary from person to person and it is important that you consult your nephrologist to decide on the treatment plan that is based suited for you.
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Call DaVita at 9740426060 to know more about treatment options available near you.