There are 2 types of Home Peritoneal Dialysis:
Home PD requires the placement of a flexible tube called a catheter into your abdomen. You will administer a fluid called dialysate through the tube into your abdomen. This dialysate fluid will stay in your abdomen for a prescribed period of time to help remove excess fluids and toxins. Then you reconnect to drain and discard the fluid. This process is called an exchange. The number of exchanges you do in a day will depend upon the prescription developed for you. If you choose peritoneal dialysis you will be trained to do manual exchanges (CAPD) and/or how to use a small machine that will do the exchanges for you (CCPD). Talk with your nephrologist if you are interested in obtaining a home dialysis evaluation.
Here are the reasons you might prefer peritoneal dialysis:
Here are some reasons you might not prefer peritoneal dialysis:
Shared Medical Appointment (SMA): Another unique opportunity offered at WDI for home dialysis patients is the Shared Medical Appointment. SMA is a clinic visit concept pioneered by Dr. Micah Chan and his care team to help streamline the clinic process while providing a support network for patients and their families. If you become a home patient, you will be given the opportunity to join SMA.
The decision to go on home dialysis should be made by you and your health care team. Not all patients are candidates for home dialysis. If you are interested in this option, talk to your health care team. Be sure to ask questions. You are the most important member of your team. The more you learn about different dialysis options, the more likely you will be able to make a well informed decision and one that is right for you.
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