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How is peritoneal dialysis better than hemodialysis?

In hemodialysis, blood is pumped through an artificial kidney machine and returned to your body by tubes.In peritoneal dialysis, the inside lining of your own belly acts as a natural filter. Wastes are taken out by means of a cleansing fluid called dialysate, which is washed in and out of your belly in cycles.

Some doctors feel that continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD) and automated peritoneal dialysis (APD) have several benefits when compared to hemodialysis. With continuous dialysis, you can control extra fluid more easily, and this may reduce stress on the heart and blood vessels. You are able to eat more and use fewer medications. You can do more of your daily activities, and it is easier to work or travel.

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