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A 42-year-old member asked:

What are hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis?

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Dr. Quresh Khairullah
Nephrology and Dialysis 42 years experience
Dialysis methods: Hemodialysis as the name suggests is directly cleansing the blood of waste, there are incenter ie going to a dialysis unit 3 times a week, and home hemodialysis ie doing it yourself at home peritoneal dialysis is home dialysis with a special fluid instilled nto the abdomen cavity which can also clean the blood through the lining of the cavity.
Dr. Andrew Doe
Interventional Radiology 20 years experience
Different types: These are two ways to try and do what your kidneys usually do (filter substances from the blood). Hemo is filtering the blood, and peritoneal is by placing fluid in your belly to let the substances equilibrate.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

What are the differences between hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis?

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Dr. Peter Bream
Radiology 25 years experience
Both means to an end: Hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis both accomplish filtering the blood of impurities. Hemodialysis is done by rapidly filtering the blood through a machine using a catheter or a surgically created access. Sessions usually last four hours and are done three times a week. Peritoneal dialysis is done by instilling special fluid into the abdomen and overnight the impurities are removed.
A 33-year-old member asked:

What is hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis difference in benefits?

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Dr. Stephen Chinn
Urology 38 years experience
Blood vs peritoneum: Both are equally effective in "washing"/"clearing" the blood - the differences are more of cost and convenience (av fistula vs peritoneal access catheter/3 x'sper week vs nightly/faster vs slower/....).
A 44-year-old member asked:

What is the cost of hemodialysis compared to peritoneal dialysis?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Don't know: This is variable. Would contact the facility or provider to obtain more information about the anticipated cost.
A 48-year-old member asked:

What indication of hemodialysis peritoneal dialysis?

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Dr. Donald Steinmuller
Nephrology and Dialysis 33 years experience
Kidney failure: Hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis are 2 effective types of treatment for kidney failure. Kidney function generally needs to be less than 10% before dialysis is needed. Kidney failure can be permanent or reversible. Kidney doctors (nephrologists) need to be involved in evaluation and treatment of kidney failure. There are 6 stages depending on severity. Stages 4-6 require specialist care.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What is peritoneal dialysis?

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Dr. Rifat Naghmi
Internal Medicine 46 years experience
Peritoneal dialysis: This is a procedure similar to hemodialysis. Instead of hemoldialysis machine the peritoneum (lining over the gut) is used to remove toxic products such as urea and creatinine.

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