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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. Watch how PD works in the video below.
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.
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.
- Patient Story: Mike
Hear why Mike chose PD and how it has benefited his lifestyle.
- Patient Story: Bernard
Hear from Bernard on why he chose to do PD.
Patient Story: Julie
Julie never thought about quitting her job when she needed dialysis. Hear her story.
Care Partner Story: Shelley
Hear from care partner, Shelley, and how home dialysis has benefited her father's lifestyle.
Patient Story: Ron
Meet Ron, a PD patient who stays active and healthy.
DaVita PD Patient Support
Understand the different ways you are supported on PD.
- 8 Ways DaVita Supports Home Dialysis Patients
From kidney education to online resources, DaVita offers a variety of information to help support home dialysis patients.
- Your Support Team
You may be doing PD at home, but you’re not alone. Your care team will help train you and monitor your treatment.
About To Start PD Training?
Watch and read these resources before your first day of PD training.
- Video: Peritoneal Dialysis Demonstration
Watch as Willie and his wife, Alice, demonstrate how easy it can be to perform PD treatments at home.
- PD Catheter Surgery
Before your surgery, read these guidelines for pre- and post-PD catheter surgery.
- Caring for Your PD Catheter
Your PD catheter is your lifeline to dialysis. Learn how to protect it and keep it clean.
- Daily PD Access Check
Use this illustrated guide to check your PD access every day.
- Video: Fluid Balance
Learn about the importance of fluid balance, including fluid overload and dehydration signs to watch for. Call your doctor or your DaVita PD nurse if you need advice.
- Video: Choosing the Right Strength of Dialysate
There are three different strengths of dialysate solution. Learn more about which ones to use and when. Call your doctor or your DaVita PD nurse if you need advice.
- Maintaining a Healthy PD Diet
It's important for PD patients to keep a diet that's both kidney-friendly and heart-healthy. Learn more about what to watch for.
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.