Continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis

CAPD (Continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis) Treatment in Ludhiana, Punjab

What is Continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis?

Kidneys filter and remove waste products & excess fluid from the blood. CAPD (Continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis) is a method to replace kidney function if the kidneys are not working with the use of a membrane that covers the internal organs.

The peritoneum is a natural filter that helps in supplying tiny blood vessels that creates a space on the body known as the abdominal cavity. During periodontal dialysis around 1 to 3 liters of fluid is put into space through a catheter attached to the abdomen. The fluid stays there for hours as the waste products pass through. The waste products are drained into an empty bed and then thrown away.

How do I feel after undergoing CAPD?

Although it is not painful, some people feel uncomfortable to have fluid in the abdomen. The person feels anxious, upset, and angry about the changes made in the work, home, and family life as you need to undergo multiple sessions of CAPD. It is perfect to talk to the kidney doctor or nurse about the concerts that may be affecting you psychologically and physically. The doctor might suggest you consult the counselor about mental well-being.

Is it possible to do CAPD myself?

Yes, you can do this by taking help from your kidney team, GP, and the district nurse. You will be:

  • Your dialysis nurse will work closely with you. She will tell you how to do the exchange procedure, take care of the catheter and exit site & cope with any problems. The team will guide you on when and where you need to do the CAPD.
  • All the equipment and bags are given along with a hook to hold fluid bags during the dialysis session. You will be given detailed information on how to re-order supplies and arrange deliveries to the home or during holidays.

Friends, family members, or nursing assistants can be trained to help you during CAPD sessions. Your doctor will do routine check-ups to see how the kidneys are doing.

How can I get a catheter?

The specialist will put the catheter in the abdomen which is just below the belly button. The procedure will be done under the general anesthesia or local anesthesia and you are needed to stay in the hospital for around 24 to 28 hours. Around 10 days after, the nurse will take the stitches and you can start CAPD shortly.

Can I do CAPD myself?

Supported by a dialysis nurse can work closely with you. They will teach the way they can perform the exchange procedure and they can take care of the catheter and help to deal with the problem. The doctor will give you detailed information on where and where the CAPD should be done.

How does it make the patient feel?

CAPD is not painful but some people can feel uncomfortable having fluid in the abdomen. The person can feel anxious and upset about the upheaval of the home, work, family, and personnel during the CAPD sessions. All these things are perfectly normal so it is best to consult your doctor about the concerns you have.
If there is anything that affects you psychologically and physically then consult the medical expert right away. The doctor can help you to stay in touch with your counselor as well as help your mental well-being. For more information, book your appointment today only.

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You need to consult the doctor immediately in case of seizures and blackouts. While some of these symptoms may be a result of other medical condition, it is always advisable to receive immediate medical attention. Repeated seizures can cause serious injury and must never be ignored.

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