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When it comes to treating end stage renal disease (ESRD), one size does not fit all. With your physician’s guidance, you can choose from several types of treatment options to find the one that best suits your health and lifestyle needs.
As you begin the conversation with your care team about which treatment option is right for you, remember that you're not stuck with this option for life. The treatment that's right for you right now may not be tomorrow, and you can always speak with your doctor about changing. Here are a few considerations to help inform your decision.
Take a brief look at the different treatment options:
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Peritoneal dialysis (PD)
Peritoneal dialysis is often done at night in your home for 8-10 hours, using an automated cycler machine while you sleep. Or you may use a manual PD method, which usually means doing four to five 30-minute fluid exchanges a day to clean your blood fully.
Home hemodialysis (HHD)
People on home hemodialysis have the option to dialyze more frequently to achieve improved health benefits. Short, daily treatments are generally performed five or six times a week for two to three hours per session.
The usual schedule for in-center hemodialysis is three times a week, for about three to four hours each treatment, plus travel time to and from the center. Or you may consider in-center nocturnal dialysis (available at some centers).
Find the best treatment option for you by taking a short quiz with the Treatment Evaluator tool today.
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