If you have advanced chronic kidney disease (CKD) , your kidney provider will likely discuss treatments like dialysis and kidney transplant. If you or your provider think those treatments are too burdensome or do not fit your goals, active medical management without dialysis may be a good option.
Active medical management without dialysis is a treatment plan that focuses on managing the symptoms of kidney disease and preserving function.
This treatment is for individuals who want to prioritize the quality of their life, maintain independence and time at home rather than intensive treatments like dialysis that may add more burden and time away from home.
Typically, individuals who choose active medical management without dialysis are older with other advanced conditions, such as cancer, advanced heart disease, or advanced lung disease.
Active medical management without dialysis can help you by:
Talk to your kidney provider about your treatment goals and whether active medical management without dialysis could make sense for you.
You can also learn more about it by meeting with one of our kidney palliative care providers.