Patients and Visitors

Patients and Visitors

The Nephrology Healthcare Team is here to assist you. The resources below can help you make an appointment, find our facilities, and learn about kidney disease and its management.

Health Education

What is Peritoneal Dialysis?

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A dialysis fluid (dialysate) is put in your abdominal (peritoneal) cavity through a small tube. This fluid contains a sugar (dextrose) that draws wastes from your blood. After a few hours, the fluid containing the wastes is drained off. This procedure is repeated as needed.

The most common type of peritoneal dialysis is continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD). You perform CAPD at home, exchanging the dialysis fluid in your abdomen four times a day, 7 days a week. Another form, continuous cycling peritoneal dialysis, can be done at night with a machine that automatically drains and refills the fluid in your abdomen.

Prevention Tips

Don't abuse alcohol or other drugs. Avoid long-term exposure to heavy metals, such as lead, or to solvents, fuels and other toxic substances.

If you are diabetic, the American Diabetes Associations recommends that you have a urine test at least once per year.

If you are pregnant and have chronic kidney failure, you should have prenatal visits with your doctor every two weeks for at least the first 32 weeks of pregnancy.

Physical activity or exercise is important if you have renal disease or other chronic disease. Learn more about the Renal Services Exercise Program.