If you have CKD and are nearing kidney failure, your kidney doctor will discuss treatments like dialysis and kidney transplant. If your doctor thinks those treatments won't be right for you, they may suggest conservative management.
Conservative management focuses on treating the symptoms of your kidney disease.
The goal of care is to increase your comfort and prolong your life while avoiding more difficult treatments like dialysis or transplant.
This treatment option is vital for people who may not benefit from dialysis or transplant.
This includes those who are elderly and frail. It also includes people with other serious illnesses such as cancer, advanced heart disease, or advanced lung disease.
Conservative management may be right for you.
Before you decide, talk to your kidney doctor about your treatment goals and how you want to live your life.
For many people, dialysis may allow them to lead longer, healthier lives. But it can also be painful and time-consuming.
Conservative management can help you by:
First, you'll work with your kidney doctor to design a treatment plan that improves your quality of life.
Your doctor will start by asking how you feel.
Be ready to tell your doctor about:
Our doctors at the UPMC Renal Supportive Care Clinic are world-renowned in the conservative management of CKD. Trained in nephrology and palliative care, they can meet a complex set of personal goals.
Expect treatments like: