Peritoneal dialysis

An insufficient detoxification and dewatering capacity by the kidneys might be caused by many reasons like chronic diseases for example diabetes mellitus or cyst formation on the kidneys. An advanced insufficiency of the kidneys requires a renal replacement therapy. If a transplantation of a kidney is out of the question, the patient needs a dialysis.   

The most common form of dialysis is the hemodialysis. Here the removal of waste products is performed extracorporeal. The purified blood is returned to the body. A hemodialysis is performed in hospital and the patients have to go there for 4-5 hours every week.

An alternative is the peritoneal dialysis. This form of therapy can be performed at the patient´s home. Here the peritoneum is used as the body´s own dialysis membrane. A catheter is surgically implanted in the abdominal cavity. The dialysis fluid flows through this catheter in the abdominal cavity and the used fluid is removed and replaced with fresh fluid.

With the help of our own peritoneal dialysis trained nurses the patients are learning the implementation of the peritoneal dialysis at the patient´s home. Our nurses support the patient from the beginning of the peritoneal dialysis in the hospital until the patient are confident to implement the therapy themselves at home.