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When you choose peritoneal dialysis (PD) with DaVita®, you’re not just choosing a treatment; you’re also opting to live better on dialysis. Learn about the benefits unique to PD that can help you optimize your quality of life.
Many patients who dialyze at home find they can schedule their dialysis around their lives, rather than scheduling their lives around dialysis. Because PD is a home therapy, your schedule will be less restricted than with in-center hemodialysis. Many patients who choose PD are able to continue working, and have more time for activities they enjoy.
Although you perform PD at home, you’re not alone. Your PD clinical team is here to support you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. PD allows you to manage your care in the comfort of your own home while maintaining ongoing communication with your care team.
To best prepare for PD, DaVita developed a new patient training program called PD Destinations. This program provides specialized training customized to your learning style. Our care team is dedicated to helping PD patients by continually offering ongoing care and support.
With PD, there are fewer dietary restrictions, making it easier for you to stay healthy and adhere to nutritional guidelines. Because toxins are removed daily, you’re allowed an increased flexibility in your diet, from having less fluid restrictions to being allowed to eat potassium-rich foods. Your dietitian will work with you on your specific nutritional needs.
With PD, no vascular access is required. Through the use of a soft, flexible catheter placed in the peritoneal cavity located in the abdomen, PD allows you to dialyze without needles. For this reason, PD is the modality of choice for pediatric patients and patients with a fear of needles.
Your PD equipment supplier and DaVita Guest Services collaborate so you have your supplies where and when you need them.
Once you’re trained to perform PD at home, you can stop going to a dialysis center for four hours a day, three times a week. You will visit the center only once or twice a month for a routine checkup with your home dialysis care team. This amount of time spent at the center is significantly lower than if you perform in-center hemodialysis.
Through daily treatments, PD more closely mimics the kidney’s natural function. Also, PD allows for continuous, steady fluid balance without the rapid fluid removal characteristic of traditional hemodialysis.
Your PD care team will regularly assess your suitability for PD and provide continued education about your treatment option. DaVita also has ways to make your treatments as convenient as possible, by having PD supplies delivered to your home; offering travel and placement services; and online educational articlesand interactive tools. You can also sign up to receive the bi-monthly home dialysis patient newsletter LifeLines at Home.
If you and your nephrologist decide that PD is best for your health and lifestyle needs, you’ll see that the many benefits — including independence, flexible diet and ongoing patient support — can help maintain a better quality of life.
If you want to learn more about dialysis, explore DaVita’s other treatment options:
For more information, call DaVita Guest Services at 1-800-244-0582.
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