What kind of peritoneal dialysis is right for me?

Your doctor can help you decide what kind of peritoneal dialysis is right for you. Dialysis cleans wastes and fluids from blood when the kidneys can’t. With peritoneal dialysis, these substances filter from the blood through your abdomen’s lining (peritoneum) into the dialysis solution in your abdomen. When the solution is removed, it takes the wastes and extra fluid with it. Different types of peritoneal dialysis include:
  • Continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD). The process of draining the abdomen of solution and filling it again takes about half an hour and is called an exchange. The solution stays in your abdomen for four to six hours, but you can go about your usual activities while it's there -- no machines are needed. There are three or four exchanges during the day. One overnight treatment lasts 8 to 10 hours. CAPD is done every day.
  • Continuous cycler-assisted peritoneal dialysis (CCPD). A machine called a cycler fills and drains the abdomen while you are sleeping. You must remain connected to the cycler during the night.
These treatments may be used together. People who weigh more than 175 pounds may need this combination. It may also benefit people whose abdomen's lining filters slowly.

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