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Kidney Treatment Choices

There are different treatment options to treat end-stage renal disease which include:

Dialysis

  • Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis (CAPD)
  • Continuous Cycling Peritoneal Peritoneal Dialysis (CCPD)
  • Hemodialysis

Transplantation

Anyone who has kidney failure can be evaluated for transplant. However, transplant may not be a good choice for everybody. There are advantages and disadvantages to having a transplant.

Advantages:

  • You will not need dialysis after the new kidney starts working!
  • There will be fewer diet restrictions and no fluid restrictions.
  • You will be able enjoy a more active life with work, school, or travel.
  • You may be able to have children after transplant.

Disadvantages:

  • After transplant you will see the transplant physician in clinic and have your blood drawn on a regular basis between one to three times per week. Physician follow up with your nephrologist/kidney doctor will continue for as long as you have the new transplanted organ. The frequency will lessen.
  • You will have to take immunosuppressant medicines every day as long as the organ is working.
  • There may be long-term side effects of the immunosuppressant medicines, including infections or cancers.