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What is Peritoneal Dialysis (PD)
Peritoneal Dialysis (PD) cleans your blood and removes extra fluids using one of your body's own natural filters, the peritoneal membrane. The peritoneal membrane is the lining that surrounds the peritoneum, or abdominal cavity, which contains your stomach, spleen, liver, and intestines. Peritoneal Dialysis (PD) solution is placed in the peritoneum. The peritoneal membrane filters waste and fluids from your blood into the solution. The solution containing the waste is drained from your peritoneum after several hours and replaced with fresh solution. This is called an exchange. A nurse experienced in Peritoneal Dialysis (PD) will train you to perform peritoneal dialysis in the dialysis unit as an outpatient. Most people can learn to do Peritoneal Dialysis (PD) within five to seven training sessions , depending on learning style. If you have concerns or problems, the nurse and doctor are never more than a phone call away. You will probably need to visit your clinic each month
Peritoneal Dialysis Catheter
A small, soft tube called a catheter is put through the wall of your abdomen into the peritoneal cavity. The catheter is called an access because it provides a way to get Peritoneal Dialysis (PD) solution into your peritoneum. Solution flows in and out of the peritoneal cavity through the catheter. Placing the catheter requires minor outpatient surgery. The opening for the catheter should heal for a few weeks before starting dialysis. The catheter is usually not painful and stays in place throughout your time on Peritoneal Dialysis (PD).
How will Peritoneal Dialysis (PD) Affect your Lifestyle?
Most people enjoy the flexibility and independence that they have with Peritoneal Dialysis (PD). Your dietitian can help you manage your diet. It is very important to follow the meal plan recommended by your dietitian in order to avoid malnutrition. Also, poor diet can cause depression, tiredness, and a lower quality of life. People on Peritoneal Dialysis (PD) can lead normal lives. It is easy to adjust the treatment schedule according to your work, school, or travel plans because you are in charge of your own treatment.