When you have end stage kidney disease your body cannot get rid of extra water and waste products. If this becomes dangerous to your health your kidney function will need to be replaced by either a kidney transplant or dialysis.
Some people choose not to have either dialysis or transplant and instead choose supportive care. With this option, medications and diet are used to manage the symptoms of end stage kidney disease.
A kidney transplant involves the transplantation of one kidney into your body from either a living or deceased donor.
Dialysis has a number of options,which include home dialysis (either peritoneal dialysis or home haemodialysis) and centre-based haemodialysis.
If you are suitable for a kidney transplant, this is the most effective treatment for kidney failure. Compared with other kidney failure treatment options, transplantation will increase your life expectancy and improve your quality of life.