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Posted on Apr 19, 2022

What is the difference between peritoneal Dialysis and Hemodialysis

There are two kinds of dialysis. In hemo dialysis your  blood is pumped out of your body to an artificial kidney machine and back to your body by tubes that connect you to the machine. In peritoneal dialysis, the inside lining of your own belly acts as a natural filter.

A soft plastic tube catheter is placed in your belly by surgery. A sterile cleansing fluid is put into your belly through this catheter. After the filtering work  is finished  the fluid leaves your body through the catheter. The type of peritoneal dialysis that is best  for you depends on your personal interest  and your medical condition. Your doctor will help you to select  the one that is best for you. Peritoneal dialysis is a classified  of dialysis which uses the peritoneum in a person’s abdomen as the membrane through which fluid and dissolved substances are exchanged with the blood. It is used to remove excess fluid, correct electrolyte problems, and remove toxins in those with kidney failure.

In hemodialysis  blood is removed from the body and filtered through a man-made membrane known  a dialyzer, or artificial kidney, and then the filtered blood is returned to the body. The average person has about 10 to 12 pints of blood  for the time of  dialysis only one pint  about two cups is outside of the body at a time. While healthy kidneys have several  functions in the body, the most well known job is to produce urine. When kidney function work  goes below 10% to 15% kidneys are no longer able to filter the blood and create  urine. It causes toxins to build up in the body along with extra fluid. Fortunately we live in a time when there are treatments and medicines that can replace the functions of the kidneys and keep the body alive. One type of renal replacement therapy   meaning a treatment that back  kidney function  is hemodialysis. Hemodialysis is a therapy that filters waste, release  extra fluid and balances electrolytes (sodium, potassium, bicarbonate, chloride, calcium, magnesium and phosphate).