Know your treatment options

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How to choose a dialysis treatment to help you live your best life

A kidney disease diagnosis is frightening, and it's common to feel confused and even overwhelmed.


One of the most common reactions to receiving the news is to put off learning about treatment options. It’s useful to remember that having a treatment plan in place makes transitioning to dialysis much easier as kidney function declines. Once the initial shock wears off and treatment begins, most people start feeling better physically, and with the support of their care team, more emotionally positive and hopeful.


The good news is that each of us has the strength and courage to make the transition, once we start focusing on achieving a positive outcome and staying healthy. The professionals at Satellite Healthcare are here to help you with the best information, the highest quality of care, and constant encouragement – today, tomorrow, and every day.


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Know your treatment options

As your health and lifestyle changes, your treatment may change. Understanding all your options will help you and your doctor decide on the right treatment for you, now and in the future.



Toxins and excess fluid are removed from your blood regularly.


Kidney transplant

A healthy donated kidney is transplanted into your body.

Care without dialysis

Care without dialysis

Symptoms are managed until end-of-life.



Dialysis is the most common treatment for those living with end-stage kidney failure. Dialysis treatments remove toxins and extra fluid from your blood. Treatments can be done either at home, or in a treatment facility with other patients.

Peritoneal dialysis (PD)

Needle-free dialysis through the abdomen

  • Peritoneal dialysis treatments use your abdominal lining (peritoneum), along with a special solution ("dialysate"), to remove waste and extra fluid from your blood.
  • At-home treatments can be performed anytime, day or at night – or both – either using a machine or doing it yourself.

Learn more about peritoneal dialysis

Hemodialysis (HD)

Blood is cleansed via an artificial kidney machine and filter

  • A dialysis machine draws blood from the body and into the machine, removes toxins and excess fluid from the blood, and then circulates the blood back into the body.
  • Treatments can be administered at home, in a dialysis center, or sometimes in a hospital setting.

Learn more about hemodialysis treatment options

Dialysis and lifestyle

Different types of dialysis offer varying levels of flexibility and freedom. The grid below shows a summary of some things to keep in mind when considering dialysis options.

Dialysis Center
Energy Level
Treatment Recovery Time
Food Restrictions
Medication Required
Icon of home  Peritoneal
Icon of home  Home
icon of medical center  In-center
icon of schedule  Schedule
Flexible Flexible Set
Location icon  Location
Home/Traveling Home/Traveling Dialysis Center
Icon of person walking - energy  Energy Level
High High Moderate
icon of recovery time  Treatment Recovery Time
Fast Fast Longer
Icon of utensils - food  Food Restrictions
Less Less More
icon of medication  Medication Required
Less Less More
icon of a person with checkmark  Good if you...
Work, Travel, Attend School Work, Travel, Attend School Like to be around people

Home dialysis

Home dialysis offers better health outcomes and greater flexibility.

Dialysis center

A dialysis center offers individualized care by a dedicated team of professionals.

Kidney transplant

A healthy kidney is transplanted surgically

  • A successful kidney transplant is the preferred treatment.
  • A kidney from a human donor is surgically transplanted into the body.
  • It can take years to find a kidney that's the right blood and tissue-type.
  • Patients who need a healthy kidney sometimes ask a special person in their life to consider donating one of theirs. This can reduce the wait for transplant surgery. Also, receiving a kidney from a living donor improves the chances of long-term success.
  • Most patients begin dialysis treatment while waiting for a transplant.

Learn more about kidney transplants

Care without dialysis

Sometimes patients receiving dialysis therapy struggle with other serious medical conditions and find that their quality of life has become unacceptable. In such cases, the patient may decide to end dialysis and opt for dignified, compassionate care. The medical team helps make the individual as comfortable as possible for the remainder of their life.

How to start

The importance of a positive mental attitude cannot be overstated. Beginning dialysis treatment is a major transition, and it can be difficult emotionally. With the help of your care team, you'll get good information for adjusting to your treatment regimen successfully so that you feel your best, both physically and mentally. Talk to your doctor about your lifestyle and your concerns, and discuss what the best treatment is for you. You can also request a free, personalized treatment options session today.

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Here's what healthcare professionals have to say about home dialysis

"More than 95% of doctors and nurses would choose dialysis at home."

"Dialysis at home may seem overwhelming at first, but most people are successful and very satisfied with their choice."

"Generally, people who do dialysis at home live longer, better lives."

In the words of our patients

I’m working on my bucket list, which is all the places I want to go. I can do that now. Even beyond that, I think I’m still here, and alive, and functioning as well as I do, because I’m doing home hemo. Annette
I am so glad I learned how to do dialysis at home. I have energy and feel hopeful about the future. Best of all, I can have treatment anywhere. Our next big trip is a cruise. I can't wait. Eric
I wouldn’t have the confidence to do home hemo if it wasn’t for Satellite educating me on a constant basis. Robert
The fact that I work, having the energy to work all day, and have our gatherings with friends or family, I’m able to be a better provider for my family now and to keep up with them. Elias
I can live the life I want to. I can travel, I’ve been to Europe with my dialysis machine. Nothing stopped us. Patrick
I feel a lot better on nocturnal. It’s a world of difference compared to the day. Because it’s so much slower it’s easier on the body. When I get done I’m able to work. David
They've been very supportive...cheering me on, making sure I'm okay. Wilson
Dialysis has reversed the whole thing. Now I do 100 pushups in the morning and I do 100 pushups in the evening. I do 50 laps, and then I’ll go ride the bike. I’m not trying to impress you, I’m trying to express what dialysis can do. Ken