• Peritoneal Dialysis

Peritoneal Dialysis (PD) is a needle-free dialysis treatment option that best replicates your natural kidney function. PD offers more flexibility by allowing patients to dialyze from the comfort of their own home, at work, even on vacation.

What is PD?

Learn how PD works and how it may benefit your lifestyle.

  • Peritoneal Dialysis Overview
    Learn more about the types of PD and consider which option may fit your lifestyle.
  • Benefits of Peritoneal Dialysis
    PD is the most common method of home dialysis. If you’re considering home treatment options, learn how PD could benefit you.
  • PD Myths Revealed
    Don’t believe everything you hear about PD. Here are some facts about treating kidney disease with this type of home dialysis.
  • Can Children Do Peritoneal Dialysis?
    Learn about the potential advantages of PD for children with ESRD.

  • PD Process

    During PD, dialysate (cleansing fluid) is put into your abdomen through a catheter, pulling out waste and cleaning your blood.

Your Life on PD

Explore all the ways you can thrive on PD.

  • Getting Started on PD
    See if PD could be the right home dialysis treatment option for you.
  • What to Expect
    During your first year on PD, you’ll experience many changes. Knowing what to expect and how to prepare may help you better adjust to life on PD.
  • Understanding Your PD Catheter
    To perform PD, a catheter needs to be placed in your abdomen, which requires a minor operation. Learn more to prepare for your PD catheter.
  • Switching to PD
    Explore the reasons, options and process for switching from one type of dialysis treatment to another.
  • Working While on PD
    Find out ways you may continue staying on the job when you do PD.
  • PD Diet
    The PD diet typically has less restrictions than diets for other treatment options. Learn more about it today.
  • Travel
    The overall freedom and flexibility PD offers allows you to travel with more ease. Learn more about traveling on PD.

PD Patient Stories

Watch and learn from other patients who have experienced PD.

DaVita PD Patient Support

Understand the different ways you are supported on PD.

DaVita serves more PD patients than any other provider in the United States. Is PD right for you?

Take a Kidney Smart® Class

Learn more about kidney disease and get your questions answered at a no-cost kidney education class.

Find a Home Dialysis Program

Call 1-800-424-6589 now to talk to one of our placement specialists or start a search.

Find a PD Program

Search for a DaVita home dialysis center near you.

Connect with Others

Use the forums on myDaVita to connect with other home dialysis patients and learn more about their experience.