Who should not have peritoneal dialysis?

Peritoneal dialysis may not be appropriate for some people. People who are obese or those who have had prior abdominal surgeries may not be suitable for peritoneal dialysis treatment. Peritonitis infection can be an occasional complication, but can be avoided with appropriate precautions.

When making a decision about your type of treatment, remember that peritoneal dialysis is a daily process that is effective, and has been proven to be as good as hemodialysis.

However, peritoneal dialysis is not for everyone. People must receive training and be able to perform each step of the treatment correctly. A care partner or trained helper may also be used.

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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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