Program 1: Treatment options
Once you’ve been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease, it can seem like everything changes. Waste starts to build up in your blood and you may feel sick, experiencing symptoms that can include headaches, nausea, swelling and even bad breath. There is no cure for kidney failure, but there are treatments that can take over the work your kidneys can no longer do.
These treatments are dialysis, kidney transplantation and conservative care.
Dialysis is the medical term for removing the waste and extra fluid from your blood that your kidneys can no longer remove themselves. When the waste is gone, you may feel better.
A kidney transplant is an option that requires a major operation. During a transplant, a healthy donor kidney is placed into your body. The healthy kidney then takes over the work that your kidneys can no longer do.
Conservative care is a treatment option focusing on comfort. The decision to let kidney disease run its course will eventually result in death from kidney failure.