Renal Failure

Renal Failure

As your kidney disease gets worse, your health care provider may talk with you about preparing for kidney failure. Talking early with your provider about your treatment options—and making a choice before you need any one of these treatments—helps you take charge of your care. Treatment will help you feel better and live longer.

Understanding the treatment you choose and getting used to the idea that you need this treatment takes time. Each type of treatment has pros and cons. Your choice of treatment will have a big effect on your daily life. By learning about the differences among treatment options, you can choose the one that will be best for you. The more you know about the types of treatment, the better prepared you may be to make a choice.

How soon should I start learning about what type of treatment to have?

Start learning early about treatment options—before you need one. You’ll have time to

  • learn about the different treatment options
  • talk with other people who are living with dialysis, a transplant, or conservative management
  • share your thoughts with your family and loved ones so they can learn about your treatment choices, too
  • work with your health care team to create a kidney failure treatment plan
  • prepare yourself mentally and physically for the changes ahead