Peritoneal Dialysis Access

Before your first treatment, a surgeon will place a small, soft tube called a catheter (e.g. a Tenckhoff catheter) into your abdomen. The catheter tends to work better if there is adequate time – usually from 10 days to 2 to 3 weeks – for the insertion site to heal. This is another way in which planning your dialysis access can improve treatment success. The catheter stays there permanently to help transport the dialysis solution to and from your abdomen. One end of the catheter rests in the abdominal cavity, while the other extends from the body by about 4 inches or more, depending on the type of catheter. This outer end is sealed off when fluid is not filled in or let out of the abdomen.

For peritoneal dialysis a catheter is placed permanently in the abdominal wall.

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