Peritoneal Dialysis Therapies

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There is more than one type of Peritoneal Dialysis (PD) therapy. You should discuss with your doctor which option is best for you.

Automated Peritoneal Dialysis (APD)

APD is done overnight, with a cycler machine that performs exchanges automatically, while you sleep. Most people leave fluid in the peritoneum during the day or do an extra daytime exchange. APD is good for people who want more freedom from dialysis during the day. With APD, you don't have to do exchanges every 4 – 6 hours during the day, so you have more independence. APD is also sometimes called Continuous Cycling Peritoneal Dialysis (CCPD).

Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis (CAPD)

CAPD cleans your blood 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. And you're ambulatory (which means you can walk around), even during exchanges. That's because the CAPD system just requires a solution bag and tubing connected to your catheter, which is hung on a pole with wheels during exchanges. Most people need four exchanges a day: when they wake up in the morning, at lunch, before dinner and before they go to sleep. An exchange takes about 30 minutes. The solution is left in the peritoneal cavity between exchanges and overnight. While performing an exchange, you can do any quiet activity: watch TV, talk on the phone, work at a desk or read. An exchange can be performed in any clean area—at home, work or while traveling.