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what exactly is continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (capd)?

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Dr. Quresh Khairullah
Nephrology and Dialysis 42 years experience
Type of dialysis: Capd is a form of dialysis which involves inserting a tube into the abdominal cavity and the lining of the cavity the peritoneum, acts like a kidney and exchanges waste when you instill a special fluid into the cavity via the tube.If you do it 3-4 times a day you can draw the waste out . This different from blood/hemo dialysis.The peritoneal dialysis can be done at your home.
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 45 years experience
CAPD: This is a method where a patient puts dialysis fluid into their abdominal cavity, leaves the fluid in for awhile, and then drains the fluid out. Then, they repeat the process. It allows dialysis patients more freedom as they are not "tied" to a machine of some sort. On the other hand, it has its own hazards such as infection or loss of effectiveness over time. So see your doctor and discuss.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

How long can a person live on dialysis?

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Dr. Horacio Capote
Specializes in Psychiatry
For Years: People can survive for years on dialysis while they wait for a kidney transplant.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Can I exercise after dialysis, and will it help my health?

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Dr. Andrew Rhinehart
Diabetology 29 years experience
Carefully: Exercise is alway beneficial to one's health but with diabetes with risk is hypoglycemia and hypoglycemia can also occur with kidney failure and dialysis. The key is frequent glucose monitoring before, during, & after exercise. It may be best to exercise on the days you do not have dialysis but monitor frequently and also always carry something with you to treat or prevent hypoglycemia.
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Does dialysis give you more energy or less?

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Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 28 years experience
More: Although the process of dialysis may be uncomfortable, most patients report feeling much more energetic when it is completed.
A 34-year-old member asked:

How does peritoneal dialysis work?

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Dr. Sreya Pallath
Nephrology and Dialysis 22 years experience
Cleans blood: Fluid is infused into the abdomen. The fluid is separated from the abdominal organs by the peritoneal membrane. Toxins that build up in the blood will diffuse through the membrane into the fluid. This fluid is then drained from belly and that is how toxins are removed from your body.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What exactly happens during peritoneal dialysis?

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Dr. Raj Singh
Internal Medicine 11 years experience
Blood is cleaned: Special formulated fluid is filled in the peritoneal cavity in the belly which helps remove toxins and other waste products from the blood into this solution which is then drained.

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