Which dialysis is right for me?

Considerations for each renal dialysis option

Your Dialysis Journey

Explore Your Treatment Options

Finding the chronic kidney disease (CKD) dialysis treatment that is best suited to your physical, emotional and lifestyle needs may improve your quality of life and give you peace of mind.

which dialysis

There are two types of dialysis: peritoneal dialysis (PD) and hemodialysis (HD). Each has many benefits and considerations of how it may affect you. There may be medical or lifestyle reasons for why one type of dialysis is better for you than another. Talk to your doctor about the medical reasons. There are many things to think about when making your decision.

Peritoneal dialysis is a treatment for kidney failure that uses the lining of your abdomen, or belly, to filter your blood inside your body. Health care providers call this lining the peritoneum.1


During hemodialysis, your blood goes through a filter, called a dialyzer, outside your body. A dialyzer is sometimes called an “artificial kidney.”2

where can I do dialysis

Where can I do dialysis?

You can do dialysis in the hospital/clinic setting with in-center hemodialysis, or you can dialyze at home or on the road with peritoneal dialysis.

dialysis access

Dialysis access

An access needs to be created surgically on your body for dialysis. Whether peritoneal dialysis or hemodialysis, the location of the access site is different.

what to expect

What to expect

Get a better understanding of what to expect with peritoneal dialysis and in-center hemodialysis. Consider which type of dialysis is best for you.

comparative chart

Comparative chart

There are different benefits and considerations for peritoneal dialysis and in-center hemodialysis. Understand all the treatment options and how they might impact you.



Take this short quiz to help you determine if peritoneal dialysis is right for you.