Treating Kidney Disease In The Way That Works For You

You have several options when it comes to treating kidney failure, including the type, frequency, and duration of your treatments.
Working with your doctor or healthcare team, you can determine the specific therapy and schedule that works best for you. Your options will be based on your health, your preferred lifestyle, your commitment to care and your care support system. It’s important to know your dialysis treatment options and make an informed decision.
  • Kidney Transplantation

    The best option available for most patients on dialysis.

    Kidney transplantation involves placing a healthy kidney into the body, which comes from either a living or deceased donor. However, the waiting list for kidney transplants is increasing and the median wait time is 3.6 years.1
  • Home Hemodialysis

    Treatment in the comfort of your home during the day or overnight.

    Home hemodialysis follows the same treatment procedure as in-center hemodialysis through the removal, cleaning, and returning of your blood back to your body.
  • Peritoneal Dialysis

    Treatment you can do almost anywhere.

    With peritoneal dialysis you can perform treatments in the comfort of your own home, this therapy uses the lining of your own belly—the peritoneal membrane that covers your abdomen—to filter your blood of toxins and extra fluids.
  • In-center Hemodialysis

    The traditional approach.

    The most common form of dialysis, is known as in-center or intermittent hemodialysis, this therapy option is performed three times a week, for approximately four hours per session, at either a dialysis center or hospital.

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The reported benefits of home hemodialysis (HHD) may not be experienced by all patients.

The NxStage System is a prescription device and, like all medical devices, involves some risks. The risks associated with hemodialysis treatments in any environment include, but are not limited to, high blood pressure, fluid overload, low blood pressure, heart-related issues, and vascular access complications. When vascular access is exposed to more frequent use, infection of the site, and other access related complications may also be potential risks. The medical devices used in hemodialysis therapies may add additional risks including air entering the bloodstream, and blood loss due to clotting or accidental disconnection of the blood tubing set.

Home hemodialysis with the NxStage System during waking hours may not require a care partner, provided a physician and a qualified patient agree that solo home hemodialysis is appropriate. Patients performing nocturnal treatments are required to have a care partner. Care partners are trained on proper operation and how to get medical or technical help if needed.

Certain risks associated with hemodialysis treatment are increased when performing solo HHD because no one is present to help the patient respond to health emergencies. If patients experience needles coming out, blood loss, or very low blood pressure during solo HHD, they may lose consciousness or become physically unable to correct the health emergency. Losing consciousness or otherwise becoming impaired during any health emergency while alone could result in significant injury or death. Additional ancillary devices and training are required when performing solo HHD.

Certain risks associated with hemodialysis treatment are increased when performing nocturnal therapy due to the length of treatment time and because therapy is performed while the patient and care partner are sleeping. These risks include, but are not limited to, blood access disconnects and blood loss during sleep, blood clotting due to slower blood flow and/or increased treatment time, and delayed response to alarms when waking from sleep.

Patients should consult their doctor to understand the risks and responsibilities of performing these therapies using the NxStage System.

References
  1. United States Renal Data System. 2015 Annual Data Report. Accessed on, May 26, 2017. https://www.usrds.org/2015/view/v2_07.aspx.