What is peritoneal dialysis?

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In peritoneal dialysis (PD), your blood is cleaned inside your body not outside your body. The lining of your abdomen (the peritoneum) acts as a natural filter.

A cleansing solution, called dialysate, flows into your abdomen (your belly) through a soft tube called a PD catheter. The catheter is placed during minor surgery. Wastes and extra fluid pass from your blood into the cleansing solution.

After several hours, you drain the used solution from your abdomen and refill with fresh cleansing solution to begin the process again. Removing the used solution and adding fresh solution takes about a half hour and is called an “exchange.” Peritoneal dialysis can be done at home, at work, at school or even during travel.

Peritoneal dialysis is a home-based treatment. Many people who choose peritoneal dialysis feel it allows them greater flexibility.

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Healthy kidneys remove waste from your blood and produce hormones your body needs. If your kidneys fail, you either need a kidney transplant or dialysis. Dialysis is a procedure that uses a machine to perform many of the functions ...

of the kidney. Dialysis can help prevent problems resulting from kidney failure and it allows people with kidney failure to live productive lives. Dialysis filters your blood, and like a health kidney, removes waste from your blood. Patients using dialysis are also required to follow a strict diet in order to stay healthy. There are two types of dialysis: hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. There are different advantages and disadvantages with both hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. Talk to your doctor about which type of dialysis would work better for you.
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