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Peritoneal Dialysis

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Peritoneal Dialysis (PD) is a needle-free dialysis treatment option that best replicates your natural kidney function. PD offers more flexibility by allowing patients to dialyze from the comfort of their own home, at work, even on vacation.

  • Peritoneal Dialysis Overview
    Learn more about the types of PD and consider which option may fit your lifestyle.
  • Benefits of Peritoneal Dialysis
    PD is the most common method of home dialysis. If you’re considering home treatment options, learn how PD could benefit you.
  • PD Myths Revealed
    Don’t believe everything you hear about PD. Here are some facts about treating kidney disease with this type of home dialysis.
  • Can Children Do Peritoneal Dialysis?
    Learn about the potential advantages of PD for children with ESRD.
  • PD Process
    During PD, dialysate (cleansing fluid) is put into your abdomen through a catheter, pulling out waste and cleaning your blood. Watch how PD works in the video below.
  • Getting Started on PD
    See if PD could be the right home dialysis treatment option for you.
  • What to Expect
    During your first year on PD, you’ll experience many changes. Knowing what to expect and how to prepare may help you better adjust to life on PD.
  • Understanding Your PD Catheter
    To perform PD, a catheter needs to be placed in your abdomen, which requires a minor operation. Learn more to prepare for your PD catheter.
  • Switching to PD
    Explore the reasons, options and process for switching from one type of dialysis treatment to another.
  • Working While on PD
    Find out ways you may continue staying on the job when you do PD.
  • PD Diet
    The PD diet typically has less restrictions than diets for other treatment options. Learn more about it today.
  • Travel
    The overall freedom and flexibility PD offers allows you to travel with more ease. Learn more about traveling on PD.
  • 8 Ways ADC Supports Home Dialysis Patients
    From kidney education to online resources, ADC offers a variety of information to help support home dialysis patients.
  • Your Support Team
    You may be doing PD at home, but you’re not alone. Your care team will help train you and monitor your treatment.
  • PD Catheter Surgery
    Before your surgery, read these guidelines for pre- and post-PD catheter surgery.
  • Caring for Your PD Catheter
    Your PD catheter is your lifeline to dialysis. Learn how to protect it and keep it clean.
  • Daily PD Access Check
    Use this illustrated guide to check your PD access every day.
  • Video: Fluid Balance
    Learn about the importance of fluid balance, including fluid overload and dehydration signs to watch for. Call your doctor or your ADC PD nurse if you need advice.
  • Video: Choosing the Right Strength of Dialysate
    There are three different strengths of dialysate solution. Learn more about which ones to use and when. Call your doctor or your ADC PD nurse if you need advice.
  • Maintaining a Healthy PD Diet
    It’s important for PD patients to keep a diet that’s both kidney-friendly and heart-healthy. Learn more about what to watch for.