Dialysis Treatment Options

What is Dialysis?

You may be wondering what exactly Dialysis is and the purpose for these treatments.  To best explain, dialysis means removing toxic substances (impurities or waste) from your blood and fluid from your body when your kidneys are unable to do so. Dialysis is used for patients who have kidney failure.

Dialysis Treatment Options

Today, there can be various dialysis treatment options for people who have kidney failure. Our dialysis services include outpatient treatment, home hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis, as well as acute dialysis services for hospitalized patients. Recently, we introduced home daily dialysis for people who are eager for more energy and strength. Each of the types of dialysis has advantages and disadvantages. It is up to the patient to decide which treatment option is best by considering her/his life style, other medical conditions, support systems, and how much responsibility and participation in the treatment program he/she desires. The following are dialysis treatment options to consider:

Peritoneal Dialysis (PD):  Peritoneal Dialysis is performed in the comfort of your home and offers many benefits.

  • Ease of travel with portable dialysis machine
  • Treatment is scheduled by you to fit your lifestyle—treatment is usually performed while you sleep
  • No needles involved with your treatment
  • Freedom to perform your daily activities
  • Less nutritional restrictions
  • Education and support provided by our caring home dialysis team helping you to be successful
  • A Registered Nurse fluent in Spanish

To learn more about Peritoneal Dialysis, schedule your appointment to meet with the Home Department Registered Nurse by calling 630-236-1300.

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Hemodialysis:  Hemodialysis is performed in an oupatient setting three times a week for approximately four hours. Your or your family member’s  treatment is performed by our caring and professional Registered Nurse and a Certified Hemodialysis Technician.

Hemodialysis works by circulating your blood through a special filter which is outside your body called a dialyzer. Your hemodialysis treatment functions as your kidenys by removing the toxins and fluid from your body, assisting with blood pressure control and regulating chemical imbalances.

Hemodialysis requires a type of access to your circulatory system. The dialysis standard is an arteriovenous fistual which is created surgically in your arm. A catheter may be placed in your chest to be used on a temporary basis.

Home Hemodialysis: Home Hemodialysis is another type of hemodialysis treatment. Rather than receiving dialysis treatments in a center three times a week for approximately four hours each time, Home Hemodialysis with the NxStage System One offers convenient treatments in the comfort of your home. Generally, Home Hemodialysis treatments are shorter (about 2.5 to 3 hours) performed more often (typically five or six days per week).

Our trained Registered Nurses will work with you and your partner to learn how to care for yourself at home. Training includes all aspects of care to allow you to be in control of your therapy. The simple and compact system is designed to provide simplicity, flexibility and portability without compromising safety.

  • Some benefits of home hemodialysis include:
  • Reduction in heart stress
  • Improved sleep
  • Faster recovery from treatment
  • Improved physical intimacy
  • Increased energy
  • Improved blood pressure control
  • Feeling of being in control of treatment and life
  • Less nutritional restrictions

If you would like to learn more about home hemodialysis, schedule your appointment to meet the Home Department Registered Nurse by calling 630.262.1306. A registered nurse fluent in Spanish is available.

REMEMBER:  “There’s no place like home.”