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Dialysis does the work of your kidneys when you have kidney failure. It filters wastes and removes extra fluid. It also keeps the right balance of chemicals in your blood. Peritoneal dialysis uses the lining of your belly to filter your blood.
Before you start dialysis, your doctor creates a dialysis access. This is the place where the dialysis solution can flow into and out of your body. To make the access, the doctor places a soft tube in your belly or chest. This tube is called a catheter. When you do dialysis, the solution flows into your belly and stays there for several hours. Then you remove it through the catheter.
It is important to take care of the catheter and the access area to prevent infection.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if you have any problems.
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Current as of: March 1, 2023
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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