Dialysis treatment options that may be available to you include:
This type of dialysis is done at home and the blood is cleaned inside your body. Our access surgeon will make an access into the abdomen, and during treatment, the peritoneal cavity is filled with dialysate through that access. Extra fluid and waste are drawn out of your blood and into the dialysate. Peritoneal dialysis has been available through Rice Hospital since 1989.
One of our access surgeons will make an access into your blood vessels through minor surgery. An artificial kidney is then used to remove waste, extra chemicals and fluid from your blood and the clean blood is then circulated back into your body. Hemodialysis is an excellent outpatient program located at Rice Hospital since 1966. Treatment times are typically 5 hours or less, with the average treatment time between 3 – 4 hours.
Your care team will talk with you and your family to decide if a transplant is right for you. Our staff will help with the referral to a kidney transplant center. A kidney transplant is a treatment not a cure, and it is important to care for your kidney as directed by the transplant team.
How do you know which treatment to choose?
Prior to choosing a dialysis care program, Rice offers free educational meetings for you and your family about chronic kidney disease. Our Pre-dialysis Education program discusses renal failure and the treatment options that are available to you so that you can make informed and educated decisions.
The pre-dialysis program is available to everyone. It provides time to become familiar with the different treatment options, as well as:
- Information about dialysis options.
- Nutritional counseling.
- Financial counseling for dialysis services.
- The opportunity to meet others already on dialysis.
- The opportunity to meet Rice Kidney Dialysis Center staff.
- A tour of our comfortable dialysis care center.
- The opportunity to meet with our nephrologist.