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
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!