Peritoneal dialysis, often called PD, uses your own body for filtering rather than a machine. To get ready for PD, a surgeon will place a semi-permanent tube into your abdominal cavity.
During peritoneal dialysis, a clean rinsing fluid is sent through the tube and into the abdomen, where it is allowed to dwell for several hours. During this time, it removes waste and extra fluid from the blood. This fluid is then drained out through the same tube. This process, called a PD ‘exchange,’ can be done by hand or overnight with the help of a machine.
*Image courtesy of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases,
National Institutes of Health.
After undergoing training by our staff members, you’ll be able to administer your own PD at home or at work.
Peritoneal dialysis is usually done daily, at home or at work, making it a great option if you have a busy work schedule or stay at home with your kids. Another advantage of PD is its equipment is portable, giving you more flexibility and freedom to travel.