End-stage renal disease is a condition in which the kidneys no longer function normally. In end-stage renal disease, the kidneys are functioning at less than 15% of their normal capacity. When this occurs, dialysis or a kidney transplant is necessary. Dialysis is a mechanical way to provide filtration of the blood and fluid that the diseased kidney can no longer support.
ESRD Treatment Modalities
Kidney failure may be treated with hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis or kidney transplantation. Hemodialysis is the use of a machine and an artificial kidney to filter a patient's blood. Treatment with hemodialysis may be performed at a dialysis unit or at home when certain criteria and training have been met. Peritoneal dialysis is generally done daily at home though an exchange of fluid through a catheter in the abdomen. Kidney transplants is the insertion of a kidney from a living or a deceased donor. The Trinitas Renal Care team can explain the different approaches and help individual patients make the best treatment choices for themselves and their families.
End Stage Renal Disease and Dialysis Frequently Asked Questions