Peritoneal Dialysis

Peritoneal Dialysis

Peritoneal Dialysis services offered in throughout SE Michigan

If your kidneys don’t function properly, peritoneal dialysis is one of the effective ways you can remove toxins from your blood and prevent complications. At Hypertension Nephrology Associates, PC, in Livonia, Michigan, their team of specialists offers peritoneal dialysis to enhance kidney filtration, reducing waste and excess fluids in your body. Call the Detroit metropolitan area office to learn more or schedule an appointment online today.

Peritoneal Dialysis Q & A

What is peritoneal dialysis?

Peritoneal dialysis enhances your body’s ability to remove waste from the blood, doing the job of kidneys that no longer function properly. You might need peritoneal dialysis if you have end-stage renal disease (ESRD), which occurs when kidney function gets reduced by 85-90%. 

You might complete peritoneal dialysis at a center or from the comfort of your home.

How does peritoneal dialysis work?

Peritoneal dialysis works to remove waste, salt, and excess fluids from your body using specialized fluids in your abdomen. They act as a filter to remove waste products through your abdominal lining. You then remove the fluids containing filtered waste products.

Is peritoneal dialysis right for me?

To determine if you’re a candidate for peritoneal dialysis, your Hypertension Nephrology Associates, PC, provider reviews your symptoms and medical history. They also check your blood pressure, pulse, and other vital signs before completing a comprehensive physical exam. You might need glomerular filtration rate (GFR) testing, urine tests, imaging procedures, or other diagnostic tests. 

You may require peritoneal dialysis, or another type of dialysis called hemodialysis, if you struggle with kidney damage resulting from:

  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes 
  • Kidney cysts
  • Kidney inflammation

You might choose peritoneal dialysis over hemodialysis to have flexibility, independence, and a less restricted diet. Hemodialysis removes blood from your body, filters it, and returns the cleaned blood back to the body.

How should I prepare for peritoneal dialysis?

To get ready for peritoneal dialysis, you need a minor surgical procedure to place a catheter that carries a special solution called dialysate into and out of your abdomen. Your Hypertension Nephrology Associates, PC, specialist often places the tube near your belly button.

What should I expect during peritoneal dialysis?

After a period of healing, you can undergo dialysis by inserting dialysate through the catheter and keeping it there for about six hours. The solution removes waste, excess fluids, and chemicals from your body using tiny blood vessels inside your abdomen. After a period of time, the solution, along with waste products from the blood, drains into a collection bag.

You might use peritoneal dialysis to clean your blood at night when you sleep or cycle dialysis treatments during certain times of the day and night.

Your Hypertension Nephrology Associates, PC provider may perform various diagnostic tests to determine if peritoneal dialysis is working effectively. They may recommend blood tests, urine testing, or other diagnostic procedures. 

What if my treatment isn’t working effectively?

If peritoneal dialysis isn’t working efficiently enough, your Hypertension Nephrology Associates, PC, specialist might recommend increasing the number of dialysis sessions or the amount of dialysate you use during each treatment. 

You might need a more highly concentrated source of dialysate. Follow your prescribed diet and take medications as directed by your kidney disease specialist.

To learn more about peritoneal dialysis and find out if it’s right for you, call the Hypertension Nephrology Associates, PC office or schedule an appointment online today.