Dialysis access is a way to connect your body to the dialysis machine to safely remove toxins and extra fluid.
Access for peritoneal dialysis (PD)
A minor surgery is scheduled to place a PD catheter into your abdomen. This soft plastic tube is about the length of a ruler and the width of a pencil. The drainage end of the catheter is put into your lower abdomen, underneath and to the side of your belly button. Most PD catheters are ready to use about 7-14 days following this procedure.
Access Options for Hemodialysis
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Watch this brief video that explains the difference between a fistula, graft, and catheter.View video about hemodialysis access
The benefits include lower risk of infection and needing hospitalization. Plus, more efficient dialysis may mean less treatment time and more energy!
People with catheters have a much higher risk of a serious bloodstream infection that may require time in the hospital.
After learning about the advantages, Estelle chose to have a fistula for a lower risk of infection.
After missing his granddaughter’s birthday party, Mike reconsiders his decision to keep a catheter.
Walter chooses a fistula to reduce the risk of complications so he isn’t a burden on his wife.