Loading... Please wait...


What You Should Know About Peritoneal Dialysis - Part 2


Hello, and welcome back to our blog here at Hemowear. This is part two of our blog series about what you should know about peritoneal disease. Read part one if you haven’t already or keep reading to learn more.

Potential Risks

Although peritoneal dialysis may seem like the saving grace for anyone faced with choosing a dialysis option, there are some risks involved.


After several years of being on peritoneal dialysis, some patients find that this dialysis option becomes ineffective and need to make the switch to hemodialysis.

Weight Gain

Dialysate is the fluid in a dialysis process that flows through the dialyzer. Although this is discarded along with the toxic substances, some of it can be absorbed by the body. Since dialysate contains sugar (dextrose), this could mean taking in several hundred extra calories a day. If you have diabetes, this could result in high blood sugar.


One common complication of peritoneal dialysis is an infection of the abdominal lining (peritonitis). There can also be infections where the catheter is inserted into the abdomen, however, the risk of infection is highest among people who don’t perform the procedure correctly, or were not adequately trained.

How It Works

During a peritoneal dialysis treatment, dialysate will flow into your abdomen and remain there for around four to six hours. This is known as dwell time. Dextrose within the dialysate works to remove extra fluid, waste, and other chemicals from the blood vessels around the abdominal cavity. The resulting fluid is drained into a collection bag. There are two main exchange schedules for a peritoneal dialysis treatment.

Continuous Cycling Peritoneal Dialysis (CCPD)

CCPD uses an automated cycler to process several exchanges overnight while you sleep. Once you wake up in the morning, you can empty the sterile bag. Since you’re connecting and disconnecting to the dialysis machine less often, you may have a lower risk of peritonitis.

Continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD)

CAPD is the alternative to CCPD. During this schedule, you’ll need to perform three to five exchanges during the day and another at night with a longer dwell time. The benefit to this is that you’ll be able to perform exchanges at work, home, or any clean environment and go about your normal daily activities while the dialysate dwells.

Dialysis training is an important part of the peritoneal dialysis process. Since you won’t be in-center, and you won’t have the supervision of a medical professional or caregiver, you’ll work with a dialysis nurse for one to two weeks in order to learn how to do exchanges and prevent infections. You should plan on bringing a family member or friend to dialysis training because if you ever need assistance with the process, you’ll have someone to call. By choosing automated peritoneal dialysis, you’ll learn about preparing the cycler, placing the drain tube, and connecting the bag of dialysate fluid.

Additionally, you’ll learn how to do exchanges manually if there were ever to be a power failure or you need an exchange during the day rather than only at night. There are several changes you’ll need to make after starting peritoneal dialysis including your daily routine, physical activity, diet, and medication. You should speak with your doctor and take notes so that you know exactly what you need to do. Depending on whether you’re doing your exchanges during the day or at night will determine how your schedule is affected and your diet will depend heavily on your current health condition and which type of dialysis you choose.

Speak With Your Doctor

There’s a lot to take into consideration when deciding between different dialysis options. It’s important to speak with your doctor to see what’s right for you, your current kidney condition, as well as your lifestyle and preferences.

As a dialysis patient, you need clothing that allows for easy vascular access without having to remove your clothes or be uncomfortable during treatment. At Hemowear, we have all the clothing dialysis and chemotherapy patients need including pd belts, dialysis jackets, t-shirts, hoodies, and much more for both men and women. Contact us today to learn more. 

What You Should Know About Peritoneal Dialysis

Peritoneal dialysis is one of several ways of removing waste from the blood when kidneys are no longer able to perform the job correctly. A tube called a catheter is used to send a cleansing fluid into the abdomen, filtering out waste. And after a certain period of time, the fluid flows out of the [...]

Read More »

Having A Career As A Dialysis Patient - Part 2

Hello, and welcome back to our blog here at Hemowear. In part one of this blog, we talked about knowing your limits and taking your time when deciding to work as a dialysis patient. Although it can be devastating learning that you have kidney disease and you may think you’ll be confined to a hospital [...]

Read More »

Having A Career As A Dialysis Patient

Learning that you have kidney disease can be a heartbreaking experience, and your first worry may be that you won’t be able to live life the way you used to, concerning your career and aspirations. And although dialysis treatment can be difficult to handle at first, you’ll soon realize that you’re able to do a [...]

Read More »

The First Dialysis Machine - Part 2

Hello, and welcome back to Hemowear’s blog! In our last post, we talked briefly about the first dialysis machine created by Dr. Kolff constructed from sausage casings, drink cans, a washing machine, and other odds and ends. Though successful treatment using the machine wasn’t immediate, Dr. Koff’s invention paved the way for the modern dialysis [...]

Read More »

The First Dialysis Machine

Today, we are going to take a quick break from our current blog post topics and cover a bit of history: specifically, the history of dialysis. Like many things, there are indications that those in the ancient world may have had their version of dialysis. However, we can trace the method of dialysis used today back [...]

Read More »

Hemowear & What We Hope to Achieve

Welcome back to the Hemowear blog! Over the last several weeks, we talked about ways to cope with dialysis. To catch you up on our last couple blogs, we will summarize:AdaptThough finding out that you will have to undergo dialysis can be difficult to accept, understand how dialysis is keeping you healthy and saving your [...]

Read More »

Tips to Cope with Dialysis: Part 2

Welcome back to our blog! In our last post, we were discussing different ways to cope with your diagnosis of needing dialysis treatment. Dialysis can seem scary, but with these tips, we can help you understand that your treatment is not the end, it is just the beginning. At Hemowear, our company is designed to [...]

Read More »

Tips to Cope with Dialysis

When learning you have been diagnosed with kidney disease, the realization is startling. Millions of thoughts race through your mind, one being: Will I survive?Thankfully, treatments like dialysis exist to help you with this disease. Dialysis is the process of helping the kidney properly function again. With Hemowear, we can make your dialysis treatment that [...]

Read More »

More Gifts For Your Loved One on Dialysis

If you have been keeping up with our last blog, we have been going over great gifts to get your loved ones that go through dialysis treatment. Dialysis treatments tend to be a long process and you want your dear one to be as comfortable as possible.Adding some dialysis clothing from Hemowear to their wardrobe [...]

Read More »