How dialysis works
Once you’re diagnosed with kidney disease, it can seem like everything changes. Waste starts to build up in your blood and you feel sick including headaches, nausea, swelling and even bad breath. That’s when you need a way to replace the work that was previously being done by your kidneys. Dialysis is the medical term for removing waste and extra fluid from your blood that your kidneys can no longer remove themselves. When the waste is gone, you'll feel better.
There are two dialysis methods to choose from
There are currently two types of dialysis you can do at home: Peritoneal Dialysis (PD)
and Home Hemodialysis (HHD)
. Home Hemodialysis and Peritoneal Dialysis are both effective ways to remove waste and excess fluid from your body. HHD uses a machine with a dialysis filter to clean your blood, while PD uses your body’s abdominal lining, the peritoneal membrane, as a natural filter.
You can do it!
For most people, either form of dialysis will work well, but there are some differences between the two and there may be medical reasons why one location and type of therapy is better for you than the other. And whether you choose PD or HHD, you don't need to be a medical expert or technician to do your dialysis at home. Your doctor, nurse or dialysis staff will teach you the proper dialysis technique and provide as many days of training as you need to feel comfortable enough with the process to do it yourself at home.