Each of the two types of dialysis, hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis, has advantages and disadvantages. It is up to the patient to decide which of these procedures is best by considering her/his life style, other medical conditions, support systems, and how much responsibility and participation in the treatment program he/she desires. Each patient must view the two types of dialysis procedures from her/his own perspective.

Regardless of which type of dialysis is chosen, patients have certain responsibilities such as following a diet program, watching their fluid intake and taking special vitamins and other medications to control blood pressure, calcium and phosphorus balance