What is peritoneal dialysis?
Peritoneal dialysis (PD) is a form of home dialysis that allows you to be independent, with more control over your schedule, including more flexibility to do your dialysis when it’s convenient for you. You have the freedom of performing your PD at home, at work, or even in a hotel room when traveling. There are fewer dietary restrictions than traditional hemodialysis, and PD patients often feel better overall.
PD uses a catheter placed in the abdomen to import and export dialysis to and from your body. You can use a cycler machine or simple gravity to get the fluid in and out. The cycler machine requires performing the exchange approximately 5 times/week. The simple gravity abdominal exchanges are done throughout the day- usually 3-4 exchanges/day.
At the Rogosin Institute, PD is also available for children with kidney failure, and Rogosin staff works closely with pediatric nephrologists to provide dialysis training for the patients and/or parents, depending on the age of the patient.
What does peritoneal dialysis involve?
PD is a continuous form of home dialysis, performed daily. This form of dialysis requires surgical placement of a removable catheter into the abdominal cavity. Dialysis fluid is then drained from and introduced into the abdominal cavity via the catheter. These exchanges of fluid are made several times daily, either manually by the patient during the day, or via an automated cycler machine at night.
Before starting peritoneal dialysis at home, a PD nurse will train you to do PD on your own. Training usually takes a few weeks, coming about three times each week for a few hours per session (training times vary from one patient to the next). After completing the training and starting PD at home on your own, you will need to return to the peritoneal dialysis center once a month for a check-up with the PD team. Patients, their families or caregivers, can all be trained to perform PD safely at home.
What are the benefits of using peritoneal dialysis?
Some of the many benefits of choosing to visit Rogosin Institute for your PD treatment and kidney dialysis care include:
- Peritoneal dialysis takes place in your own home
- You do not need a partner to do peritoneal dialysis
- Peritoneal dialysis can be done during the day or at night using a cycler machine
- You do not need needles to perform peritoneal dialysis
- Rogosin offers Telemedicine for PD patients allowing for ongoing quality care with fewer on-site visits
- Rogosin’s specialized PD care team has extensive experience
Where Can I Recieve Peritoneal Dialysis Training at Rogosin?
If you are interested in peritoneal dialysis, visit the Rogosin Institute, recognized as one of the country’s premier centers for the diagnosis and management of kidney disease. Our doctors lead the way in dialysis treatment for patients in the New York Metropolitan Area and beyond.