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Peritoneal dialysis is the most common method of home dialysis. Peritoneal dialysis gives you the flexibility to perform treatments away from your dialysis center. While many patients still travel to dialysis centers to have their treatments, peritoneal dialysis offers extra flexibility by allowing patients to have treatment in any setting. Many patients use the peritoneal dialysis method when on vacation, at work, or at home.
There are two types of peritoneal dialysis:
Continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis is performed four times throughout the day with short 30 minute exchanges. Patients are able to manually perform the dialysis exchanges almost anywhere and this flexibility allows patients to perform treatment even while at work. Automated peritoneal dialysis is frequently referred to as continuous cycling peritoneal dialysis. Many patients choose this form of peritoneal dialysis treatment because it can be performed at night by an automated machine while they sleep. When you meet with a kidney doctor at the Kidney Institutes, we will discuss your lifestyle and decide which method of treatment will complement your routine.
The benefits of this form of kidney failure treatment are many. With peritoneal dialysis there can be less dietary constraints and this allows patients to maintain a more normal lifestyle. Peritoneal dialysis is very convenient because the supplies can be directly shipped to your home or vacation destination. Patients who use peritoneal dialysis are more involved in their treatment and often have a better outlook regarding their kidney failure and treatment plan.
Once you choose this method as your kidney failure treatment, you become responsible for performing your treatments at home. However, you are not on your own. Before you begin peritoneal dialysis, you and anyone else who will be assisting you will go through dialysis training. These informative sessions will ensure that you are thoroughly trained and able to perform all aspects of your treatment effectively and safely. In addition to the dialysis training, you will be scheduled for monthly appointments with our kidney doctor to monitor your treatments. These check-ups will allow our healthcare team to assess your condition and decide if any modifications need to be made.
At the Kidney Institutes, our goal is to make sure you get the most out of your treatment. Our peritoneal dialysis nurses and nephrologists will always be available to assist you, day or night, with any questions or concerns. Give us a call today and we will discuss your lifestyle and find the best treatment option for you!