Know your treatment options

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Choose a dialysis treatment to live the best life possible

The thought of kidney replacement treatment is stressful. It’s common to feel scared, confused, and overwhelmed.


It’s understandable to want to put off learning about treatment options. But the truth is that people who have a treatment plan in place have an easier time making the transition to dialysis as their kidney function declines. After a few months with the individualized attention of their care team, most people begin to feel better and more hopeful.


You are strong and brave enough to make this transition. Everyone at Satellite Healthcare is here to help you with the right information, quality care, and encouragement—today and every day.


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Learn about each treatment option

As your health and lifestyle change, your kidney replacement therapy may change. Understanding all the options gives you and your doctor the ability to find a treatment that’s best for you now and in the future.



Regular removal of toxins and extra fluid from your blood


Kidney transplant

A healthy kidney placed during surgery

Care without dialysis

Care without dialysis

Managing symptoms until the end of life


Dialysis is the most common treatment for those living with end-stage kidney failure. Regular dialysis treatments remove toxins and extra fluid from your body and are done either in your own home or around others in a treatment center.

Peritoneal dialysis (PD)

Needle-free dialysis through the abdomen

  • PD treatments use the lining in your abdomen (peritoneum) and a special solution (dialysate) to remove waste and extra fluid from your blood.
  • Treatments at home may be performed during the day or at night—or both—using either a machine or doing it by yourself.

Learn more about peritoneal dialysis

Hemodialysis (HD)

Blood is cleaned using an artificial kidney machine and filter

  • A little at a time, blood flows out of the body into the dialysis machine. Waste and extra fluid are removed from the blood. The cleaned blood is returned to the body.
  • Treatments are done either in the home or in a dialysis center or sometimes, when necessary, in a hospital setting.

Lean more about hemodialysis treatment options

Dialysis and lifestyle options

Different types of dialysis offer varying amounts of flexibility and freedom. Here’s a summary of a few essential things to keep in mind as you consider 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 option

Dialysis with better health outcomes and greatest flexibility

Center dialysis options

Individualized dialysis care by a dedicated team of professionals

Kidney transplant

A healthy kidney placed during surgery

  • A successful kidney transplant is the preferred kidney replacement treatment.
  • A kidney from a human donor is put into the body during surgery.
  • Waiting for a kidney that’s a good fit can take years.
  • Someone who needs a healthy kidney may ask a special person in their life to consider donating one of theirs. This can speed the ability to have transplant surgery. In addition, a donated kidney from a living person has a higher chance of long-term success.
  • While waiting for a transplant, most people begin dialysis treatment.

Learn more about kidney transplants

Care without dialysis

Some people on dialysis struggle with other serious medical conditions and find their quality of life is unacceptable. They may decide to stop dialysis and receive dignified and compassionate care. With the help of their medical team, the individual is made as comfortable as possible for the remainder of their life.

Here’s how to start

Stay strong. Beginning treatment is a big transition. With your care team’s help, you’ll learn what you need to know and adjust to a new lifestyle to help you feel your best. Talk to your doctor about your lifestyle and your hopes and dreams. Together, discuss what treatment might be best for you. You can also request a free, personalized treatment option session today.

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What your healthcare team wants you to know 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
I feel like it’s a whole village taking care of me. 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