Home Peritoneal Hemodialysis Services
Peritoneal Dialysis (PD) is a form of bloodless dialysis! PD is a form of dialysis where colorless fluid (called dialysate) is flushed into the abdomen and allowed to dwell for a period of time. When the fluid is drained, toxins are flushed out with it.
It is equally as effective as hemodialysis!
The exchanges occur through a PD catheter which is placed in the peritoneal cavity though the lower abdominal wall just below the umbilicus (belly button). This catheter can be placed at the Tampa Bay Vascular Center as an outpatient procedure or you may be referred to a local surgeon at your hospital of choice. After healing in place for 2-3 weeks, the catheter will be ready for use!
Initially you can expect to train on the CAPD (Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis) technique for about 1 week before starting your dialysis at home. Typically patients are expected to master CAPD first which requires manual exchanges 3-4 times per day for the first month. After the first month of therapy a PET test (Peritoneal Equilibration Test) is performed at the clinic so that we can learn about the unique properties of a patients peritoneal membrane, and tailor a dialysis prescription to their body. At this point, many patients are able to start CCPD (Continuous Cycling Peritoneal Dialysis). The beauty of CCPD is that the patient is able to perform this technique largely at night while they sleep with a cycler machine that automatically fills and empties the fluid. This enables patients to have days that are free, allowing them independence to work, attend school, travel, etc.
Renal Hypertension Center nephrologists along with their PD nurses train patients and their loved ones in this very effective technique.
If this form of dialysis interests you please call us today!