Home Hemodialysis and Peritoneal Dialysis

Home Hemodialysis

Conventional home hemodialysis (HHD) - Requires you and a helper to undergo training. Done 3 times a week at home. Benefits include a flexible schedule and fewer trips to the clinic.

Daily home hemodialysis - Also requires training for yourself and a helper. Involves shorter treatment time, performed 5-7 days a week. More dialysis is better for your health.

Nocturnal home hemodialysis – You and a helper train to do your treatments at home, 3-6 nights a week.  This frees your days, and allows fewer trips to the clinic.

Peritoneal Dialysis

-Peritoneal dialysis (PD) - Uses the inner lining of your abdomen (the peritoneum) as a dialysis filter.  The peritoneum is lined with tiny blood vessels.  Wastes and extra water in your blood can flow out of those blood vessels, through the peritoneum, and into special fluid that you put into your abdomen.  Then you drain the fluid and the wastes out of your body and put in clean fluid (this is called an exchange). To do PD, a surgeon places a soft plastic tube called a PD catheter into your abdomen.  PD requires no needles, and patients have less diet restrictions.

-Continuous ambulatory PD (CAPD) – A manual form of PD, with no machine.  This option is flexible and adapts to your schedule.

-Continuous cycling PD (CCPD) - A form of PD using a machine called a cycler at night while you sleep.  This option allows you to have your days free.

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