Although there is no cure for kidney disease, learn what you can do if you have Stage 5, End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). You have a number of treatment options to consider as you determine with your health care team which one works best for your life style.
Once you reach kidney failure, the diagnosis can be overwhelming. It is important to remember that kidney failure is not the end of your life, only the end of your kidney function. The choices for treatment for End- Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) include a Kidney Transplant, Dialysis (Home Dialysis, Peritoneal Dialysis, In-Center Hemodialysis), or Conservative management (also known as medical management or supportive care). Some people may start with one form of treatment and then later choose another treatment method. For example, someone might start on dialysis in-center and later choose to do dialysis at home. Or a person may do dialysis and then choose to receive a transplant. Or someone may start treatment with a transplant and if the transplant fails, the person goes on dialysis.
There is no cure for kidney failure and no one right treatment for everyone. Each treatment choice has advantages and disadvantages. It is important to participate with your health care team in your treatment choice based upon your lifestyle and what works best for you. If your nephrologist (kidney doctor) doesn’t offer the treatment choice that you want, you can be referred to another doctor that does offer the treatment to discuss your choice further.
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Learn More About Treatment
Chronic kidney disease may progress to End-Stage Renal Disease, which has a number of treatment options.
There are proactive actions you can take to decrease your chances of developing kidney disease in the future.
It is important to take all of your medicines as prescribed for your kidney disease, even if you don’t notice an immediate difference.
Kidney disease is one of several conditions that can put a person at higher risk for infection.
Costs for Treatment
Most people with ESRD qualify for Medicare and dialysis social workers can help you know your options.