Home Dialysis

By Peggy_cat_lady Latest Reply 2008-09-20 10:49:53 -0500
Started 2008-05-26 13:16:14 -0500

Can we start a discussion on periotenal (home dialysis). I am starting that in two weeks. I hope to avoid all the complications and sicknesses from Dialysis at centers.

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Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2008-09-20 10:49:53 -0500 Report

I was ready to start peritonel dialysis. Had the catheter put in my stomach, went through my training and neverstarted . My transplant came the day I was to start. Thank God…

jupton1 2008-05-26 16:57:16 -0500 Report

I wanted to add this explanation so others would understand what this is..>Peritoneal dialysis
Peritoneal dialysis is a type of at home dialysis performed by running dialysate into a catheter through the peritoneum (a protective membrane that lines the abdominal cavity). This allows blood to be filtered inside the body. Because peritoneal dialysis filters blood inside the body, there are fewer equipment requirements than at home hemodialysis. Many patients perform peritoneal dialysis at home or at work without assistance.

Prior to beginning peritoneal dialysis treatment, a small, flexible catheter is placed by a surgeon in your abdomen. This catheter is used to fill your abdominal cavity with a warmed, specially prepared fluid called dialysate (dialysis solution). The dialysate stays in your abdomen for several hours and absorbs waste and excess fluid from your blood. You then drain it out and replace it with fresh dialysate.

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