When your kidneys fail, treatment is needed to replace the work your own kidneys can no longer do. There are two types of treatment for kidney failure - dialysis (hemodialysis or peritoneal) or kidney transplant surgery.
You should consider many things when choosing a treatment for kidney failure, including your lifestyle, your age, any other health problems you may have, and whether you have a friend or relative to help you. Your decision should be based on more than your medical history and your doctor's opinion. It should also be based on what you and your family wants. Learning about your treatment choices will help you decide which one is best for you.
Most likely, your healthcare team will work with you to develop a treatment plan that is right for you. Your treatment plan may include taking medicines, restricting salt, limiting certain foods, getting exercise and more. You will also need treatment for any other health problems you may have, including high blood pressure or diabetes.
© 2015 National Kidney Foundation. All rights reserved. This material does not constitute medical advice. It is intended for informational purposes only. Please consult a physician for specific treatment recommendations.