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Pros And Cons Of Different Dialysis Treatment Options

If you have been told you may need to start dialysis treatments, you probably have a lot of questions, and one question to consider is which type of dialysis treatment option you should choose. Make sure you understand your options before you implement a CKD program with your care provider. If you aren't sure which one is best for you, check out these three different types of treatment options and the pros and cons of each.

In a Dialysis Facility

If your dialysis is performed in a facility, it simply means that during the day, you must go to a local clinic to receive your treatment. The biggest disadvantage of this type of treatment is you have to leave your home. The treatment is also requires a fistula for permanent access to the veins. However, this is an extremely safe way to undergo dialysis because it is performed in a clinic with trained professionals who take care of everything for you while you sit back and chat with other patients.

At Home

Home treatments are another option. This allows you to undergo treatments in the privacy and comfort of your own home. You get to set your own schedule and have control over your treatment, which some patients enjoy. The downside to at-home dialysis is that you need a partner who can help you with your dialysis treatments and monitor you closely. You and your partner will need to be trained, so you can perform the dialysis correctly. Another disadvantage is that it is not offered in every area.

At Night

You can also have your dialysis performed at night. This can be performed at home or in a facility. The biggest benefit of at-night treatments is that there are fewer complications because the process is slower. If you are performing it at home, you are responsible for your treatment, which means you'll need to get trained, but you undergo it in the comfort of your own bed. If you are receiving treatment in a facility, you can simply sleep through your treatment without worrying about anything, but, of course, you don't get to be in your own bed, which can make sleeping difficult.

If you are going to need to undergo dialysis, you need to know your options, so you can choose a treatment plan based on your preference. For more information, contact a dialysis center in your area today and ask if you can get a tour of the facility and meet the staff.