- Understanding Chronic Kidney Disease
- Kidney Disease Stages
- What Is a Nephrologist?
- What to Expect with CKD
- Kidney Disease Management
- Understanding Acute Kidney Injury
- How Kidneys Work
- Take a FREE CLASS on Kidney Disease
- What can I expect from kidney failure treatment?
There are several treatment options to help people with kidney failure feel their best and live a full life. Whether it's a kidney transplant, dialysis at home, or dialysis in a center, your doctor can help you decide which treatment best fits your lifestyle.
- Am I a candidate for a kidney transplant? If so, what do I need to do?
Your best chance for a successful transplant depends on certain factors. Talk to your nephrologist to see if you are a candidate. It's a good idea to start the planning process and begin searching for a kidney donor as soon as possible.
- How do I manage a dialysis schedule if I am working?
Your nephrologist will work with you to find a treatment schedule that aligns with your health needs and lifestyle. Home peritoneal dialysis or home hemodialysis may give you the most flexibility.
- Do I need to make changes to any medications I’m taking?
If you're living with diabetes or high blood pressure, your doctor may make adjustments to your medication. Make sure you discuss all medications, vitamins, and supplements you're taking with your doctor, as some may need to be avoided.
Dialysis—This life-extending treatment that rids your body of unwanted toxins, waste products and excess fluids by filtering your blood. There are two types of dialysis: peritoneal and hemodialysis.
- Peritoneal dialysis—Uses the blood vessels in the lining of your abdomen—the body's natural filter—along with a solution called dialysate to filter and clean your blood. With this method, blood never leaves your body. Peritoneal dialysis can be done with a machine or manually at home, at work, or while traveling.
- Hemodialysis—Filters out your blood through a dialysis machine to remove toxins, waste, and excess fluid. Blood flows into the machine, gets filtered, and is returned to your body. Hemodialysis can be performed in your home or in a dialysis center.
Stage 5 kidney failure life expectancy
End-stage renal disease is the end stage of kidney function—not the end stage of life. Life expectancy with ESRD can depend on many factors, including your treatment wishes and your overall health. It's important to remember that you can live a full life with today's kidney failure treatments. While there’s no cure for kidney disease and kidney damage can’t be reversed, there are treatment options that can help people live well for decades.
TAKE A FREE KIDNEY CARE CLASS
Learn how to look after your kidney health and thrive—in a class that fits your life. Choose an educator-led or self-guided format.
WHY YOU NEED A KIDNEY DOCTOR
A nephrologist, also known as a kidney doctor, is the most qualified doctor to help you manage kidney disease. Ask your doctor for a referral to a nephrologist when your eGFR is between 30-44.