Peritoneal dialysis removes waste from your blood when your kidneys don’t adequately function. Dr. Ramos and his team use the procedure to filter your blood with cleansing fluid that flows through a catheter into your abdomen.
Your abdomen’s lining functions as a filter, separating the waste from your blood. After a certain period of time, the waste eliminates out of your abdomen.
You can have peritoneal dialysis done at any location, including at home, the office, or while traveling. If your condition doesn’t allow you to have the ability to care for yourself, you need a caregiver to help with the procedure.
Peritoneal dialysis might be right for you if you:
Together, you and Dr. Ramos can determine the right treatment for you.
Peritoneal dialysis has its advantages when compared to hemodialysis, which requires an external device and filter.
The benefits of peritoneal dialysis include:
Though peritoneal dialysis has its advantages, your kidney function should be monitored closely to ensure you don’t experience a decline that would require hemodialysis or a kidney transplant.
Before your dialysis can begin, you need a dialysis catheter, which requires a minor operation. The inserted tube carries the solution in and out of your abdomen during your dialysis procedures.
In some cases, you can begin your peritoneal dialysis just a few days after surgery. In other cases, you may need to wait between two weeks and a month. Dr. Ramos will talk with you about your treatment plan.
To learn more about peritoneal dialysis and to find out if it’s right for you, call the friendly office staff at Kidney Doctors of South Texas, PA, today and book your appointment, or use the convenient online booking tool.