While it may seem like a daunting task to prepare for the unknown, we at Lucenxia are more than happy to go the extra mile in helping you with the preparations. However here are the basic steps you can take beforehand.

 

To begin peritoneal dialysis treatment, you need to have a simple procedure to insert a soft, flexible tube, called a catheter to be inserted into their abdomen. PD catheter placement is usually done 10 to 14 days before dialysis starts. The procedure is considered a minor operation, and complications are rare. It often requires general anesthesia, but the whole procedure takes less than one hour of surgical time.


You will use the catheter for exchange and to facilitate the transfer of dialysis fluid in and out of their abdomen. You can use the catheter as soon as the surgery is over however it is recommended to begin your PD treatment after the catheter is fully healed, which usually takes 2 to 3 weeks.