Peritoneal Dialysis (PD)

How is this treatment performed?

View video on Peritoneal Dialysis

During the minor operation performed under local or general anaesthesia, the doctor inserts a soft plastic tube into the abdomen.

The catheter and the exit-site (the place where the catheter comes out of the body), will need daily care. Most people find PD easy and can learn to do it in a few days.

If you have concerns and problems, the nurse and doctor are never more than a phone call away.

  • PD is a continuous therapy, excess fluid and toxins are being removed continuously.
  • Training will be provided by the nurse to ensure that you can treat yourself safely at home. The length of the training can vary, on average it takes 3-5 days but can be adapted to your needs.
  • Depending on special circumstances, you may need to collect your supplies from a hospital. However, for most patients, the supplies will be delivered to their homes.
  • You will have to visit the hospital once every 1-3 months for a check-up and to see the nephrologist.
  • If you need assistance to perform the therapy, a community nurse can be arranged in some areas to come and assist you.
  • The hospital team is reachable by phone and a hotline phone number is also available should you have any problems during after office hours or on the weekends.

How it works?

There are 2 options for peritoneal dialysis.

Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis (CAPD)Performed manually, mostly 4 times a day. Each exchange takes about 30-45 minutes.

Automated Peritoneal Dialysis (APD). This is performed with a machine during the night while you are asleep.

To perform peritoneal dialysis you need to have access to the peritoneal cavity with the help of a PD catheter.


Automated Peritoneal Dialysis


Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis