Peritoneal Dialysis

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Peritoneal Dialysis

Peritoneal Dialysis is a type of renal replacement therapy used to remove waste products and excess fluids from the body when the kidneys are no longer able to perform this function effectively. Unlike haemodialysis, which uses a machine to filter the blood outside the body, peritoneal dialysis uses the peritoneum, the membrane lining the abdominal cavity, as a natural filter.

When and why do people go for Peritoneal Dialysis?

People undergo peritoneal dialysis when they have kidney failure or end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and need ongoing treatment to maintain their health and quality of life. Peritoneal dialysis is often chosen for its flexibility and convenience, allowing individuals to perform dialysis at home or in other comfortable environments. It may be recommended for individuals who prefer a more independent treatment option, have difficulty accessing a dialysis center, or have lifestyle considerations that make in-center haemodialysis challenging.

What makes Peritoneal Dialysis different from other treatment options

Peritoneal dialysis differs from other treatment options for kidney failure, such as haemodialysis and kidney transplantation, in several ways. Unlike haemodialysis, which requires vascular access and the use of a dialysis machine, peritoneal dialysis uses the body's own peritoneum as a natural filter, eliminating the need for vascular access and external equipment. Peritoneal dialysis offers greater flexibility and autonomy, allowing individuals to perform dialysis at home on their own schedule. Additionally, peritoneal dialysis may be preferred for individuals with certain medical conditions or lifestyle preferences.

How does life change after Peritoneal Dialysis?

Life after starting peritoneal dialysis can bring about significant adjustments for individuals with kidney failure. While peritoneal dialysis offers greater flexibility and independence compared to in-center haemodialysis, it requires daily treatments and ongoing management of dialysis supplies, medications, and dietary restrictions. Individuals undergoing peritoneal dialysis must learn proper techniques for performing exchanges, maintaining sterile conditions, and monitoring their health for signs of infection or complications. Despite these challenges, many individuals find that peritoneal dialysis allows them to maintain a good quality of life, continue working, and engage in meaningful activities. With proper support and education, individuals on peritoneal dialysis can lead fulfilling lives while managing their kidney disease.

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