Peritoneal Dialysis

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Toni B

Peritoneal Dialysis

I just do not get the concept of peritoneal dialysis. My doctor suggested it, but what is it and how does it really work? 

Peritoneal dialysis is a fluid based treatment, verses hemo-dialysis a blood based treatment. Peritoneal dialysis, also called PD, introduces fluid consisting of water, dextros, and calcium into the peritoneum lining in the abdomen, which uses a process of osmosis (from a greater concentration to a lower concentration) to remove the excess water and waste from the body in absence of functioning kidneys.

There are several benefits and caveats regarding PD: the first benefit is the ability to administer the treatment at home without a care partner, with the flexibility to conduct the treatment on your schedule.

One caveat is treatment is completely daily, no “breaks” in the schedule as in the traditional three times per week schedule of hemo-dialysis. However, PD mimics functioning kidneys because healthy kidneys function 24-hours/7days per week.

There are many more benefits health and lifestyle benefits. Check with your health care provider for the type of dialysis treatment that is best for you and your health and lifestyle needs.