ARRP Treatment Options

Home Hemodialysis:
Patients who can do their hemodialysis at home with support from family can be trained through a centre in Toronto or Sudbury.

Slow Nocturnal Hemodialysis is performed about five to six nights a week, for eight to nine hours at a time, while the patient sleeps.

Short Daily Hemodialysis is done five to seven days per week for four to five hours at a time. You will still need to attend regular appointments every six weeks or so with your dialysis centre.

Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis (CAPD):
This type of dialysis is performed at home everyday; waste products are removed from the body by filling and draining the abdomen with clean solution four or five times daily. Sault Area Hospital can train patients to perform their own CAPD treatments. Regular appointments for checkups will be scheduled in the Renal Clinic.

Cycler Treatment:
The is peritoneal dialysis that is performed by a small machine called a cycle wihch performs the CAPD exchanges over a 10-hour period at night. Not everyone who can do CAPD can do cycler treatments due to medical limitations. Sault Area Hospital can train patients to perform their own cycler treatments, and regular followup appointments will be scheduled.

Renal Health Clinic
You also have access to the staff at the Renal Health clinic, who can assist you will all aspects of renal health, such as diet, renal information, and medications.

To help battle renal failure, do the following:

  • quit smoking!
  • exercise a minimum of 30 minutes most days of the week
  • maintain a normal, healthy weight
  • reduce the amount of salt you eat
  • take medications as prescribed
  • control your blood pressure and blood sugar limit alcohol consumption