This involves using the lining of the patient’s abdomen to filter the blood from the body.
A soft tube called a catheter is placed in the belly by the surgeon a few weeks before treatment starts.
During peritoneal dialysis, dialysis solution (water, salt and other additives) flows from a bag through the catheter in the patient’s belly.
During the time the dialysis solution is in the body, it absorbs wastes and excess fluid from the body.
When the bag is empty the patient disconnects it and carries on normal activities.
After a few hours, the solution and the waste are drained out of the belly into the empty bag which is then safely disposed of in the sink or bath.