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Peritoneal dialysis catheter placement is a surgery to place a soft tube (catheter) in an area of your belly (peritoneum) for dialysis. Dialysis does the work of your kidneys when they fail. Dialysis fluid will flow into and out of your belly through the catheter.
The surgery is done a few days to a few months before you start dialysis. There are different types of surgery that your doctor may do. These include:
You may be asleep during the surgery. It usually takes less than an hour. You'll probably go home the same day. You may have some pain and feel tired for a few days.
Surgery can be stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for surgery.
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Adaptation Date: 8/19/2022
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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