The treatment of kidney failure

How will dialysis affect your life?

If you have haemodialysis...
  • The times that you have to come for dialysis will restrict activities on certain days but the renal unit will try to be flexible. For instance, if you can stay at work, you could be dialysed in the evening. Travelling can also be a problem.
If you have Peritoneal dialysis...
  • If you have CAPD, you may be able to dialyse in a variety of situations - not just at home, but while visiting friends, for example, or in the car, or outdoors - provided you follow the strict techniques that you will have learnt regarding hygiene.
If you have automated Peritoneal dialysis...
  • This will involve having a machine at home and you will need space in a bedroom. You can transport the machine if you are spending time away from home.
With any form of dialysis...
  • One of the most noticeable ways in which your life may be affected by dialysis is in the restriction of your fluid intake. Most dialysis patients (especially haemodialysis) must restrict their fluid intake (this does not just apply to drinks, but to how much liquid is contained in food).
  • You will need to stick to your recommended fluid level, and learn to judge how much your cups, mugs and glasses hold. The Renal Dietitian and nursing staff will be able to give you advice about this.
See also: Treating kidney failure through Dialysis