Treatment Options

When faced with chronic kidney disease (CKD), there are several treatment options to consider. Patients should work together with their doctor or healthcare team to determine the specific therapy and schedule that works best for them based on their health, lifestyle, commitment to care, and their support system. Three treatment options can help to replace lost kidney function:

Kidney Transplant

A kidney transplant is a surgical procedure that places a healthy kidney from a living or deceased donor into a person whose kidneys are no longer functioning properly.

Peritoneal Dialysis

Peritoneal dialysis (PD) uses the peritoneal membrane as a filter for the blood.


Hemodialysis uses an artificial kidney, or dialyzer, and a hemodialysis machine.

 Conservative Care

  • Though there are treatments for chronic kidney disease, some people wish not to be treated.
  • Some wait until they start dialysis to see how they feel before they make this decision. 
  • It is important to understand that a patient chooses not to have any treatment, they will experience serious complications, including death.
  • This choice should be discussed with the doctor. The healthcare team will help make an informed decision and will support whatever decision is made.
  • Often, a team of experts can be called in for emotional, physical and spiritual comfort for the patient and family.
  • The patient can stay in the comfort of their home until they die or can choose to go to a hospital, hospice or nursing home.




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