Peritoneal dialysis

It is a type of renal replacement therapy that is used to treat patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) at the Nephrology Department of Sterling Hospitals Ahmedabad. Here's a brief overview: 

  • Procedure: Peritoneal dialysis involves using the peritoneal membrane, which lines the abdominal cavity, as a natural filter to remove waste products and excess fluid from the body. A special dialysis solution is introduced into the abdominal cavity through a catheter, and the peritoneal membrane acts as a filter to remove waste products and excess fluid. The solution is then drained out and replaced with fresh solution in a cyclical process that can be done at home by the patient or with the help of a caregiver. 
  • Indications: Peritoneal dialysis is indicated for patients with ESRD who have intact peritoneal membrane and are able to perform the procedure themselves or with assistance. It is also used in cases where hemodialysis is not feasible or preferred by the patient due to medical or lifestyle reasons. 
  • Risks: Peritoneal dialysis, like any medical procedure, carries some risks. These may include infection at the catheter site, peritonitis (infection of the peritoneal membrane), hernia, leaks, bleeding, and electrolyte imbalances. It is important to closely monitor and manage these risks to ensure the safety and effectiveness of peritoneal dialysis. 
  • Recovery: Recovery after peritoneal dialysis is generally well-tolerated, and most patients can continue their normal activities while undergoing the procedure at home. However, regular monitoring by the nephrologist and adherence to the prescribed treatment plan, including proper technique and hygiene, are crucial for successful outcomes. 

The Nephrology Department at Sterling Hospitals Ahmedabad has experienced nephrologists who are skilled in performing peritoneal dialysis and managing patients with kidney diseases. The department provides comprehensive care, including patient education, training, and ongoing support for patients undergoing peritoneal dialysis, to ensure optimal outcomes. 

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