How Home Dialysis Works
As the demands of modern life continue to grow, finding time for in-center dialysis appointments can be a significant challenge for many individuals with kidney issues. Home hemodialysis offers a compelling alternative, allowing patients the flexibility to integrate their treatment seamlessly into their daily routines. At Midwest Nephrology, we aim to guide you through the process of at-home dialysis, emphasizing the crucial role of collaboration with your healthcare professional. Achieving successful home dialysis requires careful planning tailored to your unique condition, ensuring a personalized and effective treatment regimen. Keep reading to learn more about the different types of home hemodialysis.
Different Types of Home Hemodialysis
Continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD)
Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis (CAPD) is a form of at-home hemodialysis that revolutionizes the way individuals manage kidney failure. Unlike traditional hemodialysis, which relies on machines, CAPD is performed continuously without the need for complicated equipment. Patients can administer treatments themselves, typically engaging in the process three to five times each day. This flexibility allows for integration into everyday life, and CAPD can be performed in any clean and safe environment, offering patients the freedom to choose the setting that suits their preferences and lifestyle.
Automated peritoneal dialysis (APD)
Automated Peritoneal Dialysis (APD) represents a sophisticated advancement in at-home hemodialysis, streamlining the process with the assistance of a specialized machine called a "cycler." Unlike Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis (CAPD), APD is an automated procedure that allows individuals to administer their dialysis exchanges without constant manual intervention. Also referred to as Continuous Cycling Peritoneal Dialysis (CCPD), APD provides patients with a range of scheduling options. Whether opting for a long single session during sleep, multiple shorter sessions throughout the day, or even a combination of both, individuals can tailor their treatment to better align with their daily routines.
Schedule an Appointment with a Nephrologist in the Milwaukee, WI area
At Midwest Nephrology, we are committed to providing individualized care and guidance to our patients, providing the best possible care for each kidney condition. Being one of Wisconsin’s longest-operating and largest nephrology groups, you can easily find a Midwest Nephrology location with a team of providers ready to assist you in diagnosing and treating your kidney concerns. Contact Midwest Nephrology Associates for more information or to schedule a consultation.