Which Dialysis Treatment Option is Right for Me?
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.
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