While many people go to a dialysis center for hemodialysis treatment, peritoneal dialysis is a form of dialysis you can do at home. If you need dialysis and would prefer a more flexible form of treatment, the team of nephrology experts at San Antonio Kidney Disease Center Physicians Group, with offices conveniently located throughout San Antonio and the surrounding communities, can talk to you about peritoneal dialysis. Make an appointment by phone.
Dialysis is a medical treatment that functions like your kidneys. Your kidneys are responsible for cleaning the waste, salt, and extra water from your blood. When your kidneys aren’t functioning well enough to clear the waste, you have end stage renal disease or kidney failure, and dialysis serves as a replacement for your kidneys to help keep your blood clean.
There are two types of dialysis:
Peritoneal dialysis is a type of dialysis that uses the lining of your abdomen, referred to as the peritoneal cavity, and a special cleaning solution called dialysate to remove waste and fluid from your blood.
You might prefer peritoneal dialysis because of its flexibility, which allows you to do your own treatments at home or any other clean environment. On the other hand, hemodialysis requires two or three weekly visits to a clinic for treatment.
The dialysate is made up of a dextrose solution that attracts the waste and fluid from your blood. Dextrose is a type of sugar that’s dissolved in the fluid.
During treatment, you infuse the dialysate into your abdomen through a tube and let it sit and work for a set period of time, which is referred to as a dwell. The nephrology team at San Antonio Kidney Disease Center determines the dwell time that best fits your needs, which is usually 30-40 minutes. When your time is up, you drain your abdomen.
How often you fill and drain your abdomen with dialysate varies, and partly depends on the type of peritoneal dialysis you’re undergoing. The types include:
The team at San Antonio Kidney Disease Center works with you to determine the type of peritoneal dialysis that’s best for you and your lifestyle and makes adjustments as needed
If you need dialysis and want to learn more about peritoneal dialysis, call the office.