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During the minor operation performed under local or general anaesthesia, the doctor inserts a soft plastic tube into the abdomen.
The catheter and the exit-site (the place where the catheter comes out of the body), will need daily care. Most people find PD easy and can learn to do it in a few days.
If you have concerns and problems, the nurse and doctor are never more than a phone call away.
There are 2 options for peritoneal dialysis.
Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis (CAPD)Performed manually, mostly 4 times a day. Each exchange takes about 30-45 minutes.
Automated Peritoneal Dialysis (APD). This is performed with a machine during the night while you are asleep.
To perform peritoneal dialysis you need to have access to the peritoneal cavity with the help of a PD catheter.