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Peritoneal Dialysis Treatment Information
We work with you to choose a peritoneal dialysis type and schedule to meet your needs and provide a high quality of life. Options include:
- Continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD). This type of dialysis does not require a machine, but instead uses the lining of your abdominal cavity as a filter for your body’s waste. Dialysis solution flows through a tube into your abdomen guided by gravity. This process takes 30 to 40 minutes. After four to six hours, you drain the solution—which contains waste products—and throw it away. A typical plan calls for three or four exchanges during the day and one overnight. You are free to walk around during this type of dialysis.
- Automated peritoneal dialysis (APD). This method uses a machine called a cycler to perform the exchanges. This type of dialysis can take place while you are sleeping, usually over the course of three to five cycles. When you wake up, you start an exchange in which the dialysis fluid stays in your abdomen all day. The cycler is equipped with an alarm to alert you of any problems with inflow or outflow of dialysis solution.
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Peritoneal Dialysis Support Services
Choosing peritoneal dialysis means taking charge of your treatment. Learn more about your options at these websites:
A Sampling of Peritoneal Dialysis Support Services
National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse
This site, a service of the U.S. federal government, details the types of peritoneal dialysis and what to expect from your treatment.
National Kidney Foundation
This site provides information to help you decide whether peritoneal dialysis is right for you.