When kidneys can no longer function, or even fail, dialysis takes over the role of the kidneys to remove toxins, waste and excess fluids from your body. 

Many patients feel overwhelmed when they are told that they have to start dialysis. Determining which treatment option is best for you and your lifestyle is an important decision. There is not a single treatment option that is best for everyone.

At Washington University, our highly-skilled care team will help guide you during this time by providing the necessary information in order for you and your family to make an informed decision. We are here to help you every step of the way.

Treatment options available:

Home Hemodialysis

Recent advances in dialysis technologies have highly simplified hemodialysis, allowing it to be performed in the comfort of one’s home. A smaller dialysis machine that fits on a nightstand and simpler blood tubing and dialyzer connections have resulted in more patients choosing this dialysis modality.

This home-based modality help patients enjoy a better quality of life by giving them more flexibility and control over their dialysis

In-Center Dialysis

Many patients with chronic kidney disease or renal failure who need ongoing dialysis choose in-center care.

In addition to the Chromalloy American Kidney Center, one of our on-campus dialysis units and the oldest unit in operation in the St. Louis area, we offer comprehensive services at multiple dialysis centers conveniently located throughout the metro St. Louis area.  This is part of our mission to take our outstanding care to the communities where our patients live.

Peritoneal Dialysis

Peritoneal dialysis filters a patient’s blood naturally, using the lining of the abdomen, the peritoneum, to cleanse the blood and remove excess fluids. The procedure can be and can be performed in the comfort of your own home and tailored to your individual needs.

The simplicity of peritoneal dialysis makes it a popular modality for patients who need a high degree of freedom in their busy lifestyles.

Transitional Dialysis Program

Starting dialysis is a lifestyle change and can be stressful for you and your family. The Washington University Transitional Dialysis Program is specifically designed to guide you and your family during this time.

Our goal is to transition you smoothly into your new life.

Kidney Transplant

The Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Transplant Center has one of the largest and most respected kidney and kidney/pancreas transplant programs in the United States, with more than 250 kidney transplants performed annually.

The program, which has one of the lowest kidney transplant rejection rates in the world, is consistently ranked by US News & World Report as one of the best programs in the country for the treatment of kidney diseases.

For more information on the causes and symptoms of chronic kidney disease, please visit our Kidney Resource Center.